The Vanishing is released in UK cinemas

Today, The Vanishing, directed by Kristoffer Nyholm and starring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and Connor Swindells, is released in cinemas across the UK. The film received its UK Premiere at Glasgow Film Festival in February.

Based on the true story of the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers on the Flannan Isle, the mystery thriller follows lighthouse keepers, Thomas (Peter Mullan), James (Gerard Butler) and Donald (Connor Swindells) as they stumble upon something that isn’t theirs to keep.

The film shot on location in southern and western Scotland, including Port Logan and three lighthouses in Dumfries and Galloway, Killantringan, Mull of Galloway and Corsewall, as well as Cloch in the Firth of Clyde.

"A film we're all very proud of"

“It’s been an absolute pleasure shooting in one of the most dramatic and picturesque parts of Scotland,” said the film’s producers.

“We searched long and hard for the right landscape in which to set our story and found it here in Dumfries and Galloway.

“With the warm Scottish welcome we received on day one, and the great local talent we’ve engaged both in front of and behind the camera, it’s made for a genuinely thrilling experience and a film we’re all very proud of.”

Keepers - shooting on location - photo Graham Hunter

Film synposis

On an uninhabited island 20 miles from the rugged Scottish coast, three lighthouse keepers arrive for their six-week shift.

As Thomas, James and Donald, settle into their usual, solitary routines, something unexpected and potentially life-changing occurs when they stumble upon something that isn’t theirs to keep.

Where did it come from? Who does it belong to? A boat appears in the distance that might hold the answer to these questions…

What follows is a tense battle for survival as personal greed replaces loyalty - and fed by isolation and paranoia, three honest men are led down a path to destruction.