A one-off screening of Disney-Pixar’s Brave will take place beside an iconic location that inspired the film’s creators when Screen Machine arrives at Eilean Donan Castle this week.
Local children and their parents have been invited to the screening of Brave in the grounds of Eilean Donan this Thursday, ahead of the film’s UK release on Friday 3 August, thanks to a collaboration between Screen Machine, VisitScotland and Creative Scotland.
Screen Machine is an 80-seat, air conditioned and 3D-ready mobile cinema which tours over 30 communities in the Highlands and Western Isles, bringing the latest films to remote and rural areas of Scotland.
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Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom, unleashing chaos in the kingdom.
Brave’s creators have admitted that visiting Eilean Donan’s interior helped them design the interior of DunBroch Castle in the animated blockbuster.
Kenneth Fowler, Director of Communications, Creative Scotland, said: “Being able to hold a special screening of a Brave at Eilean Donan, for the local community, is simply fantastic. Screen Machine is key to ensuring the wonders of cinema are available to the whole country, regardless of location, and it’s a real bonus that we are able to show the film before its nationwide release. It’s not often that rural Highland communities get to see films of this stature before everyone else!”
Mike Cantlay, VisitScotland Chairman, said: “Brave is so much more than a movie. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Scottish tourism and one which, thanks to our marketing expertise, we are grasping with both hands.”
Iain MacColl, Screen Machine Senior Operator, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this special screening of a film that’s not only hugely entertaining but which is set in the kind of Highland locations we regularly visit. We’ll follow Eilean Donan with summer screenings throughout the Highlands and Islands.”
To find out more about Screen Machine and to book a Highland screening of Brave, visit their website.