Perhaps it is no surprise that Finnich has been the setting for several films.
Three of the TAGGART, the Scottish TV detective series were shot in the house and the steading. Ten police cars arriving created quite a local stir.
In 2005 Rene Zellweger and a full film crew of 100 came to do follow up scenes for MISS POTTER, the story of Beatrice Potter. Filmed mainly in Cumbria, they came to Finnich to shoot one scene in the steading hall, but ended up by shooting 11 in the house and the steading. The whole of the back drive was filled with cast caravans and props. Rene was charming and very easy going and took a big shine to our dogs.
In 2013 we agreed to a 5 week film schedule for the comedy “WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS “, starring Billy Connolly, David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Ben Miller, Celia Imry, Amilia Bullmore and 4 brilliant child actors.
The shooting meant a film crew of 70 arriving at 6.30 a.m. for filming to start at 7 a.m. and going on until 7 pm. The high steading had the cast caravans, make up and costume caravans and a double decker bus as a Chuck Wagon. The steading hall was also a school for the children. The actors stayed off set but the weather was so good that we, the actors and crew all mingled as they walked from the base site to the sets. The steading cottages were full and our visitors enjoyed a chance to see how a feature film is made.
WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS filming took place in various locations, with a house at Finnich Malise playing a key role as the family’s ‘Highland’ holiday home.
Guy Jenkin, film director: “We were very lucky that we found the house within 45 minutes of Glasgow, so it was perfect for the film.
We filmed there and also around the area, and really enjoyed it".