At the time of its release in 1983, Local Hero, starring Burt Lancaster and Fulton MacKay, was the most expensive film ever to be made in Scotland. It remains as important and influential today as it was then. David Manderson's SCOTNOTE study guide considers the impact of Local Hero on the Scottish film industry and the rest of the world, while evaluating the film's influence on Scottish filmmakers. This study guide explores important aspects of the film, including the story of its production, inspirations for the plot, characters, themes and critical reception. It also examines the language of film and includes a guide to cinematography and a glossary of technical terms. These notes are suitable for media studies students, senior school pupils and students of all levels.
Introduction Bill Forsyth: The Apprenticeship of a Director Local Hero: The Making of a Film How the project started The script Getting the movie made Style and Influences Film Language and Mise-en-Scene The camera Mise-en-scene: a storyboard The visual language of Local Hero The sound The aural language of Local Hero The soundtrack: Mark Knopfler and Local Hero Narrative Characters Themes The environment Displacement and loss The Actors The star: Burt Lancaster Happer and Knox: Lancaster and MacKay The other actors Critical Reception and Legacy Notes Bibliography Select Filmography Glossary of Technical Terms