The Decoy Bride

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The Decoy Bride
Decoy bride poster.jpg
Directed by Sheree Folkson[1]
Produced by Robert Bernstein
Douglas Rae[1]
Paul Ritchie[2]
Written by Neil Jaworski
Sally Phillips[1]
Starring David Tennant
Alice Eve
Kelly Macdonald
Music by Julian Nott
Distributed by CinemaNX
Release dates
  • 14 May 2011 (2011-05-14) (Cannes)
  • 9 March 2012 (2012-03-09) (United Kingdom)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £2,500,000

The Decoy Bride is a 2011 British romantic comedy film written by comedian Sally Phillips and Neil Jaworski, and starring David Tennant, Alice Eve and Kelly Macdonald and set on the fictional island of Hegg,[3] supposedly located in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The film was made by Ecosse Films.


Lara Tyler (Alice Eve) is one of the most famous film stars around, but all she wants to do is marry her fiancé, writer James Arber (David Tennant). After a failed traditional church wedding (in which a journalist hid in a cabinet at the altar, leading to Lara chasing him away) Lara and James become desperate to wed in peaceful bliss. Besieged by paparazzi, especially Marco Ballani (Federico Castelluccio), who is obsessed with Lara, they escape to the tiny Scottish island of Hegg. However, when the paparazzi track them down, and with the locals smelling a payday, Lara becomes upset and runs away. In desperation her management team, led by Steve Korbitz (Michael Urie), decide to stage a fake wedding, hoping the paparazzi will fall for the scam and leave the island. Local girl Katie (Kelly Macdonald), who is nursing a broken heart, is recruited to pretend to be Lara.



David Tennant said that the film was an homage to 1983 Scotland-set film Local Hero.[5] The fictional island of Hegg was inspired by Jura and Eigg.[5] It received the largest grant possible from Scottish Screen, 300,000 pounds.[5]

Rehearsals started in London on 21 June 2010. Filming began on 27 June on the Isle of Man, before moving to Scotland. Filming ended on 31 July 2010.[6] Many of the outdoor scenes were filmed on the Isle of Man while other scenes were filmed in Glasgow and at the Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries and by Loch Fyne in Argyll.[3]

The score is written by Julian Nott.[7]

CinemaNX distributed the film in the United Kingdom and HanWay Films are the international sales agent.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kemp, Stuart (2010-10-25). "'Decoy Bride' adds cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  2. ^ "The Decoy Bride". HanWay Films. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Film quiz: can you identify the Scottish location doubles?". The Herald. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Macnab, Geoffrey (2010-05-14). "Tennant, MacDonald, Eve walk down the aisle with Decoy Bride". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  5. ^ a b c "Hollywood comes to isle of 'Hegg' in a Local Hero for the 21st century". The Scotsman. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Cooper, Sarah (25 June 2010). "Shooting will begin on Ecosse Films’ romantic comedy this weekend on the Isle of Man and Scotland". Screen Daily. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Julian Nott Scoring The Decoy Bride". Film Music Reporter. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 

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