Mediating the rural
Local Hero and the location of Scottish cinema
in Cinematic countrysides
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The importance of the Scottish landscape to Scottish cinema is underlined by the role given to locations by Scottish Screen, the body set up in 1997 to 'develop, encourage and promote every aspect of film, television and new media in Scotland'. The films of Bill Forsyth in general and Local Hero in particular formed a significant contribution to the meaning of Scottish cinema during the early 1980s. The representation of the rural in Local Hero reveals a place that outsiders are drawn to, and provides the possibilities for a loosening of the identity they arrived with. The relation between the cultural politics of the national and the environmental politics of conservation evident in the international reception of Local Hero appear to be mutually exclusive at the time of the release of the film in 1983. The reception of Local Hero in Scotland positions the film in an exclusively national context.

Editor: Robert Fish

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