Scotland’s tourism board is hoping the £4 million film industry in the Outer Hebrides will attract more visitors to mark the release of the new film, The Road Dance.
Based on a book of the same name written by STV News presenter and author John McKay, The Road Dance follows Hermione Corfield as Kirsty MacLeod, who dreams of a better life away from her small village in the Outer Hebrides. .
The film will release on Friday.
However, the outbreak of World War I and a deadly street dance take her life to a dramatic and tragic turn.
VisitScotland is hoping that the film’s release will attract more viewers to the Outer Hebrides.
It was shot entirely on location during October and November 2020, and a special preview screening was held on the Isle of Lewis earlier this month.
However, The Road Dance is not the first feature to be filmed on the island.
The 1949 comedy Whiskey Galore! In 2006 Lewis was turned into the fictional Isle of Eriske.
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Nearly 20 years later, the islands were also featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
VisitScotland film and creative industry manager Jenny Steele said: “This is an exciting time for screen tourism in the Outer Hebrides and Scotland, with a real boom in major film and television productions.
“These presentations not only give a boost to the local economy in the short term but also give the audience a taste of the country’s wonderful landscape, heritage and culture which inspires them to travel into the future.
“It is the right time that The Road Dance, which is embedded in the history and culture of the island – and shot entirely on location – should be released in the Year of the Stories of Scotland.”