Some familiar faces and well-known names from the television world are now in Lewis, filming for a new English-language feature film set in a Presbyterian island community.
The international film crew are today (Monday October 26th) filming at a disused church in Portvoller, Point as Belgian actor-director Bouli Lanners stars and co-directs in Wise Blood, a Belgian-Scottish-French co-production.
The second co-director is Peaky Blinders’ season three director Tim Mielants and among the cast are Game of Thrones actors Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) and Julian Glover (Grand Maester Pycelle). Support crew from MG Alba are also on set, along with a number of island extras, including a Dalmatian dog called Nigel.
The story centres on a love-affair between Phil, a middle-aged man living in a Presbyterian community on the Isle of Lewis. After suffering a stroke which causes him to lose his memory, he ‘rekindles’ an affair with fellow church-goer Millie – who fears Phil will one day recover his memory and discover that the affair never was.
Most of the filming is set to take place in the Stornoway area and in Point, although locations in Ness and Tolsta will also feature. Islanders will notice some road closures later this week, with the Pentland Road among the locations expected to be used.
Filming is set to continue at various locations around the island until November 29th, with production company Versus hoping for the film to reach screens at the end of 2020. Wise Blood is expected to be released by Ad Vitam in France, O’Brother Distribution in Belgium and internationally by Playtime.
Pictures show the cast and crew at work in Point today, with star and director Bouli Lanners centre front (Iain Mackay).