Whisky Galore screening near Barra film locations

image captionA scene from the film Whisky Galore

The film Whisky Galore is to be shown 50 yards from where scenes for the comedy were shot in 1948.

Scotland's only mobile cinema, the Screen Machine, will show the feature on a visit to Barra on 10 October.

The film was adapted from a book by Compton MacKenzie, who was inspired by the grounding of a cargo ship carrying more than 250,000 bottles of whisky.

The SS Politician got into difficulty off the island of Eriskay, near Barra, on 5 February 1941.

The ship was headed for Jamaica when it ran aground on the northern side of the island in bad weather.

image captionThe Screen Machine will also take the film to communities in Argyll

Whisky Galore, which was first shown in 1949, will also be screened in Lochgilphead, Port Ellen, Tighnabruaich, Liniclate and East Tarbert during September and October.

Iain MacColl, senior Screen Machine operator, said it had been a long-held dream of his to screen Whisky Galore on Barra.

He said: "It will give me fantastic pleasure to be able to do this for the people of the island."

Before Whisky Galore there will be a screening of a short film called Eriskay - A Poem of Remote Lives - a study of Eriskay's crofting life.

It was filmed by Dr Werner Kissling during the summer of 1934 and is one of the earliest films to feature spoken Gaelic.

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