When is my virtual sojourn in Scotland going to end, you ask? Not soon, I hope.
When I recommended I Know Where I’m Going, reader Tess left this comment:
For more glorious Scottish scenery, check out “Local Hero,” a lovely (fictional) movie about the response by a Scottish village when it is coveted by an American oil giant – no one reacts as you might expect. The cast includes a young & endearing Peter Capaldi, and a modern version of a mermaid who becomes the object of his awkward affection, but they aren’t the main characters. I think there is a brief shot of someone knitting (the innkeeper’s beautiful wife maybe?) but you’d have to look for it. I loved this movie so much that I hunted down all the locations where it was shot the first time I went to Scotland. (The long crescent-shaped beach near Morar really is as beautiful as it appears in the movie and looks across the water at the Cuillin of Skye.)
Over the years, I keep hearing about Local Hero, so I decided it was time, and spent a literal Sunday afternoon watching it and knitting.
Tess knows what she is talking about. Local Hero is a wonderful update to the Scotland of I Know Where I’m Going, complete with 1980s ceilidh. There are plenty of very nice knits, including lovely Fair Isle vests that get a lot of screen time. (I missed the scene where the innkeeper’s missus was knitting; maybe I was counting stitches.)
Oh! And Burt Lancaster!
Note: At the beginning of the film, there is some bigoted business talk, as ugly as it is casual. There are no women characters other than servants and objects of desire. (1983, y’all. No reason for nostalgia.)
Local Hero is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
P.S. Mark Knopfler wrote and performed the music for Local Hero. This information sent me down a YouTube slip-‘n’-slide that included this live performance of the Going Home theme at Wembley in London in 1985. There are worse ways to spend an evening than listening to Dire Straits performances.