Lensing on Terence Davies’ ‘Sunset Song’ Shifts to Scotland

Fortissimo Films is handling international sales

LONDON — The shoot for Terence Davies’ film “Sunset Song,” an adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel, has shifted to Scotland. Fortissimo Films is handling international sales.

The cast includes Agyness Deyn (“Pusher”), Peter Mullan (“War Horse”) and Kevin Guthrie (“Sunshine on Leith”).

The shoot began in New Zealand to capture the March harvest season, followed by interior work at Filmland in Luxembourg. The film is now completing a key period of production in Scotland.

The story is set in the early 20th century in north-east Scotland, where Deyn plays a young woman coming of age as her family is beset by tragedy, all during a time of great social upheaval and unrest. World War I brings the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest of ways.

To capture the beauty of the landscape, the filmmakers have chosen to shoot on 65mm film to “ensure depth, clarity and emotional impact on the screen,” and allowing the landscape to “feature as a character in its own right.”

The film is a U.K./Luxembourg co-production financed by Luxembourg Film Fund, the BFI Film Fund, Creative Scotland, BBC Scotland and private equity. The film is being produced by Hurricane Films duo Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos, together with Nicolas Steil from IRIS Productions and Bob Last of SellOutPictures. Lizzie Francke is the BFI Film Fund executive on the project.

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