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THE ROCKET POST
UK: Lionsgate Films UK
Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Shauna Macdonald, Gary Lewis, Kevin McKidd, Clive Russell, Eddie Marsan, Patrick Malahide, Malcolm Storry, Roderic Culver, Alasdair MacLennan, Niall MacLennan, Deirdre Davis, Tim Barlow, Ralph Riach, Ian McNeice, John Wood, Jimmy Yuill, Brian Pettifer, Christopher Lawrie, Iain MacRae, Lewis Iain MacNeill
Director: Stephen Whittaker
UK: 112 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains brief sexual nudity
UK Release Date: 24 November 2006 (Limited Release - Scotland)
Amongst the Western Isles of Scotland is the remote island of Scarp, where a handful of people live a quiet existence. Tucked away from a world of political unrest in the 1930s the last thing the islanders want, or expect even, is a visit from a German rocket scientist.
From the late director Stephen Whittaker, THE ROCKET POST is the charming true story of Gerhard Zucher who tried to revolutionise the Western Isles postal service by sending mail in a rocket between the isles. This simple but touching story is beautifully shot on location in Taransay (doubling for the neighbouring Isle of Scarp) and truly embraces the desolate and breathtaking scenery of the Outer Hebrides.
James MacInnes and William Morrissey's wonderfully written script explores the relationship between the proud, ambitious German scientist and a community not used to change. Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen (KINGDOM OF HEAVEN) portrays the determined Frau Zucher and Shauna Macdonald (THE DESCENT) plays Catherine McKay, the kind and beautiful young woman who looks after the scientist and his associate while they are on the island.