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Tribute: Local Hero

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Mark Kermode | 12:22 UK time, Friday, 7 November 2008

A classic movie gets a musical homage that will bring tears to your eyes.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Another excellent musical tribute there, but can I give a little advice for the ceilidh event?... Don't choose a tshirt or shirt that clashes so badly with the colour your face goes whilst playing.

    Other than that, top work.

  • Comment number 2.

    Got the film with a sunday paper the other week so I'll watch it this weekend. Even though I've never seen it, the music still holds a special significance because they play 'Going Home' at the end of every Tranmere Rovers home game, as everybody, yes, goes home.

  • Comment number 3.

    What a cruel and unusual punishment for a piece of music you claim to love!

    And I'm curious about the logo or slogan that is digitally obscured on your t-shirt.....

  • Comment number 4.

    Local Hero - one of the best films ever and it does have a beautiful soundtrack. By the way, I do hope you wore a kilt to the ceilidh.

  • Comment number 5.

    You played it much better on the day.

  • Comment number 6.

    I've just watched your video after having listened to the new Bond-theme (ugh!) on the radio - guess whose performance I preferred? So you want to accompany your reviews with your music? Why the restraint? Go for the soundtracks and apply for doing the next Bond-theme, they sure could do with something better next time round!!

  • Comment number 7.

    The bagpipe stylings reminded me of the opening to The Wicker Man! :)

  • Comment number 8.

    Saw you in Pennan interviewing Bill Forsyth and was going to tell you I enjoyed your skiffle - wish I had now!
    I know an excellent piper who would give you some lessons!

  • Comment number 9.

    The Local Hero item is on the first Culture Show of the new series, Tuesday 18 November - more details here as well as a nice picture of Mark with Bill Forsyth:

    Ellen West
    the Culture Show

  • Comment number 10.

    Probably a bit late, but good effort on the pipes. And your facials were simply PRICELESS!

  • Comment number 11.

    brilliant - it did bring tear to my eyes, or that could be my new contact lens...

    please let us know when the culture show is starting again.

    Don't know if you are taking suggestions for other instruments but surely the digeridoo has got to be an option.

  • Comment number 12.

    You weren't in Hamelin earlier in your career were you?

  • Comment number 13.

    many years ago when i visited pennan on holiday i was told the endearing
    story about a german business man who was a fan of the film and had
    visited pennan.

    when he returned to his office in germany and whenever he was feeling
    the stress of work life, he would pick up the phone and dial the
    phonebox in pennan, just to hear it ring out.

    that was his destress, to know the phone was ringing on the shorefront.

    just thought it was a nice little story to pass on.

  • Comment number 14.

    Just watched the programme - absolutely fantastic.

    I too have sat on the pier wall, phoned from the box and have a handful of sand from Morar beach (which is one of the most beautifu; places I have ever seen)

    I suppose the only thing to do now is get a 42 year old malt and watch the film, for the 147th time (approx)

    here's the next 25 years - and no remakes...

  • Comment number 15.

    Just saw the culture show segment on local hero, well done. I am a film studies teacher at a secondary school and some of my recent students told me that they thought Local Hero was the worst film of all time! It may have been the pace of the film, something they really aren't used to with contemporary output, but they missed the beauty the film conveys and I think that this is a pity, it might even drive you to thinking why have they chosen the subject in the first place?
    Anyway, your report vindicated me and I will strap the doubting toms down to watch and listen!

    Keep it up!

  • Comment number 16.

    I was offshore on a BP oil platform in 1983 when this was shown and we had a right good laugh watching it - I also remember that they put out a call for extras to look like Executives when they filmed in Aberdeen Airport. There was also a special making of programme on the TV back then too and it featured Mark Knopfler in the studio explaining how he wrote the music - shame it isn't on the new DVD version

  • Comment number 17.

    Mark - I love your reviews but was never too sure about the Exorcist... However, if Local Hero is your second favourite film I am happy to move on...
    I saw the film in 1982 and many times since - it is magical and the themes seem even more relevant today. I agree with your comment it seems to be permanently on the boundary between comedy and sadness (a bit like life?). It just seems to subtly hold up a mirror to our value systems and say "there is another way..."

    A beautiful film!


  • Comment number 18.

    I was disappointed at the unprofessional attitude of Mark Kermode and director Bill Forstyth during the screening of Local Hero.

    They were at the back of the hall commenting on the film when people were trying to watch it. If Mark Kermode thinks Local Hero is such a wonderful film he should keep quiet during the performance and let people see it uninterrupted.


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