Roads on the West Side and in Broad Bay will be closed during this week as filming continues on the international feature film Wise Blood.
The crew from the mixed Belgian, French and Scottish production are at work today (Monday November 4th) and tomorrow on the Pentland Road, as earlier planned, and the road is to be completely closed between Carloway and the Breasclete junction.
There should be little local disruption on Wednesday, as filming moves indoors at a house in Brue, but on Thursday and Friday Gress will be the location for more outdoor filming.
There’ll be stop and go traffic control on the long straight of the B895 in Gress throughout the day on both Thursday and Friday. This is to allow filming without excess traffic noise.
Versus productions, who are making the film and working in conjunction with MG Alba, say that there’ll be further intermittent disruption through the rest of November, including:
Saturday 9th November: parking disruption South Beach Street, Stornoway
Friday 15th November: traffic control on the A866 at Flesherin, Point
Monday 25th November: morning disruption to parking on South Beach Street and traffic control between North Beach and South Beach in the afternoon
Thursday 28th November: traffic control at Cromwell Street in Stornoway
The production team have apologised for the inconvenience caused to islanders and will be making a donation to local community causes in gratitude at the patience and welcome extended to them.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar this morning (Monday) issued a statement welcoming the film crew to the island. They said: “We are delighted that Wise Blood have chosen to come to Lewis to make this film and warmly welcome the cast and crew for the duration of their stay here.
“The investment such productions bring in terms of spend and job opportunities is significant, as well as the added benefit of promoting our islands on the global stage. However, we do recognise that whilst the filming activity is ongoing there can be low-level disruption for local residents and we are grateful for people’s patience and co-operation with that aspect of the project.”
Any schedule changes will, as before, be advised via welovestornoway.com.
(This article has been updated to include new information from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar).