Big screen debut for Auchmithie

Deadly cargo: Scarlett Johansson filmed some of her scenes as a murderous alien hitchhiker at Auchmithie.
Deadly cargo: Scarlett Johansson filmed some of her scenes as a murderous alien hitchhiker at Auchmithie.

The sands of Auchmithie hit silver screens up and down Britain last weekend with the premiere of a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster.

‘Under The Skin’ which stars current Hollywood hot property Scarlett Johansson was released in the UK last week and was filmed almost entirely in Scotland.

The science fiction thriller, directed by Jonathan Glazer and based on the novel by Michel Faber, has already been widely acclaimed by critics.

It stars Johansson as an alien in human form who preys on hitchhikers.

And last year there was much excitement when the Hollywood A-lister was spotted filming one of her scenes at Auchmithie.

‘Under the Skin’ joins a long-list of high-profile movies to be filmed in Scotland in recent years, including ‘Skyfall’, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘World War Z’, ‘Prometheus’ and the Oscar-winning Disney-Pixar animation ‘Brave’.

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “It’s always great to see Scotland on the silver screen, especially in a film that stars one of the world’s most iconic actresses.

“I am sure that it will generate added interest in a country that already has so much to offer visitors.

“The release of ‘Under the Skin’ is yet another exciting addition to the events of 2014: The Glasgow Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup and Homecoming.

“It really is the year that Scotland welcomes the world or, given that ‘Under the Skin’ is about aliens, it should perhaps be the year that Scotland welcomes the worlds.”

Speaking of her time spent filming in Scotland, Scarlett Johansson said: “Scotland’s so incredibly special. I’d never been there before. It’s so pristine and gorgeous.”

According to VisitScotland research, a fifth of all visitors to Scotland are influenced to come to this country after seeing it on film or television.