Aberdeenshire celebrates Local Hero film’s 40th anniversary

Here in the North-east of Scotland, the region has been the backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters, Netflix series and independent cult classics.  

Excitement is building in the region as 1983 comedy-drama Local Hero, directed by Bill Forsyth is celebrating its 40th anniversary, as one of Scotland’s most beloved films.  

A little about the film  

As one of the most successful and prominent films to be made in Scotlandthe plot portrays an American businessman who comes to Scotland to purchase the village of Fernesand its surrounding propertyultimately fallinin love with the beauty of Scotland along the way.  

With a star-studded cast featuring many Scottish and international favourites such as Peter Capaldi and Peter Riegert, its storyline won over fans across the globe with its magical and whimsy humour. Fans have described the film as one of the best screenplays ever written and it is still to this day fondly appreciated by the masses. 

The significance of the film to Aberdeenshire 

Partly filmed in the quaint coastal village of Pennan, Local Hero hones a spotlight on the Aberdeenshire treasure and the breathtaking scenery we have on our doorstep, and the world agrees!  

Set-jetters from around the world continue to flock to Pennan dreaming of a chance to witness the Northern lights, as well as often photographing themselves with the iconic red telephone box; brought to fame throughout the film, this landmark played a pivotal role 

Immersing themselves in a renowned Local Hero location not only keeps the spirit of the film alive, but it has such a positive impact on residents and their businesses. It is a cherished connection by locals and visitors alike.  

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Celebrations for all  

Over the course of this month, many local events and screenings will be taking place to celebrate the 40th anniversary as well as the love and adoration our region has for the film. With something for everyone, it’s a celebration not to be missed.  


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