Historic Scottish locations star in 'Greyfriars Bobby' premiere
3 February 2006
Two Scottish stars of the new feature film Greyfriars Bobby
- which premieres on Tuesday 7th
February – won’t be featured in the credits which roll to highlight the movie’s stellar cast. These crucial players in the latest re-telling of Scotland’s most famous story of loyalty and faithfulness are none other than the iconic Scottish landmarks Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, which provide crucial authentic, atmospheric settings for the famous story.
During the winter months of 2004, the two leading visitor attractions - which are in the care of Historic Scotland - acted as locations for the new film adaptation (directed by John Henderson and starring Oliver Golding, James Cosmo, Greg Wise, Gina McKee, Ardal O’Hanlon, and Christopher Lee) of the tale of Bobby - the relentlessly faithful and plucky little terrier of John Gray, who, for fourteen years, refused to leave his master’s graveside in Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Church .
Stirling Castle manager Willie McEwan says: “Filming involved more than 200 people descending on the Castle, including a large number of extras recruited through the local job centre. Several members of our staff were involved in providing assistance to the production team and ensuring everything went smoothly for them. And during this period, our stewards were working extra hard to ensure that visitors were not inconvenienced and could fully enjoy everything the attraction offers.
Mc McEwan continued: “Although we have been involved in many filming projects over the years, this was definitely one of the largest and most challenging. Everything went very well, however, and we did everything we could to ensure that the film-makers got what they wanted and were able to realise their vision - whilst the experience of our visitors, not to mention that of the people who work here, was not compromised.”
Barbara Smith, visitor services manager of Edinburgh Castle, said; “We were delighted to co-operate in the production of this film by ensuring that the Castle played an important part in a number of scenes and in the portrayal of how the One O’Clock Gun acted as the signal for Bobby to leave his master’s grave for his lunchtime meals. The use of historic locations such as those used in the Castle definitely adds to the overall character and integrity of the film. ”
Maggie Monteith, executive producer of Greyfriars Bobby
said: “There is a universality about the tale of Greyfriars Bobby. Many people around the world have heard the story and it has been translated into more than twenty different languages. It is brilliant that we managed to capture so many fantastic locations during filming for what is a great family movie with lots of action and laughter.”