‘Oscar buzz’ around Glenn Close film shot in Scotland

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Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce star in The Wife which has just been released in the UK

A film shot in Scotland and just released in the UK is generating “Oscar buzz” for Glenn Close’s performance, according to its producer.

The Wife – also starring Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater – was filmed in Glasgow and near Kirkbean in Dumfries and Galloway.

They stood in for Stockholm and New England respectively.

Producer Piers Tempest told the BBC Scotland he believed they had provided the ideal backdrop.

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The Solway Coast stood in for the east coast of America during filming

“It was absolutely stunning and filmically it absolutely mirrored the east coast of America coastline which is what we were trying to achieve,” he said of the Arbigland Estate near Dumfries.

“I would defy any viewers to question the location.

“We then shot in Glasgow for Stockholm – the film is set mainly in Stockholm at the Nobel prize ceremony which we used Glasgow as a double for which again worked exceptionally well.”

Mr Tempest said that the cast had also enjoyed their time in the south and west of Scotland.

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The film’s producer said they hoped it could give its star the chance of an Oscar

“Glenn Close absolutely loved shooting in Scotland it was a very positive film experience for everyone,” he said.

“There was a really great welcome for anyone.

“Scotland is a fantastic place to film.”

Critical response to the film has been good and the producer said he hoped it could deliver a long-awaited Academy award for one of its stars.

“Box office is very strong in America and it has got a lot of Oscar buzz, quite rightly, for Glenn Close for her performance,” he said.

“She has been nominated six times so we are obviously all hoping that she is going to get nominated and she has got a crack at the best actress Oscar for her performance in The Wife which is a truly extraordinary performance.”

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Christian Slater was also part of the cast for the film

He said that if it did prove successful then the locations could justifiably feel they had played a part.

“Any film is an amalgamation of so many different factors I think having such a great experience filming in Scotland gave her the space to deliver such an incredible performance,” he said.

“It has got the diversity and breadth of locations.

“There was a very warm welcome and it’s a very friendly place to film in.

“Luckily we have got a good head of steam and good reviews for the film and we are hoping people come out and see it.”

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