Hot 100 2013: Scotland on film

Hot 100 2013: Scotland on film

Filth, Sunshine on Leith and World War Z among 2013 highlights filmed in Scotland

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Although it’s a bit too broad-ranging to be included in the main body of the Hot 100, the very nation beneath our feet had an outstanding year of its own, especially when it came to film appearances. A number of homegrown productions are the obvious examples: the architecture of Edinburgh stole the limelight in both Filth and Sunshine on Leith, whose stars are liberally scattered about the Hot 100 (keep your eyes peeled for the likes of James McAvoy, Peter Mullan, Iain De Caestecker, The Proclaimers and Freya Mavor).

Meanwhile, our rugged Highlands provided a rural backdrop for seafaring drama For Those in Peril, directed by Paul Wright; Shell, written and directed by Scott Graham; and David Hayman-starring cannibal horror Sawney: Flesh of Man.

Glasgow, not to be outdone, provided almost all the scenery for Karen Gillan romcom Not Another Happy Ending and, if we’re honest, the city upstaged the plot somewhat as well.

There were also a few international productions that made use of Scotland’s stage. Edinburgh and Glasgow both cropped up in the Wachowski siblings’ blockbuster adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (with the capital’s Scott Monument in particular getting a look-in), while Glasgow also memorably stood in for Philadelphia in World War Z (and slightly less memorably for London in certain sequences from Fast & Furious 6).

And of course, there’s more to come. Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is set for release in March, with Scarlett Johansson cropping up everywhere from Galloway to Glasgow to Glencoe. Glasgow will also no doubt make an appearance in Stuart Murdoch’s musical God Help the Girl, while Edinburgh and North Berwick will show up in Colin Firth-starring biopic The Railway Man.