Robert the Bruce created a public debate about Scotland’s history being shown in cinemas – but have we exhausted the medieval Scotland mine?
THE dust is finally settling on an episode that might be more cynically described as a successful marketing campaign than a controversy.
Robert the Bruce, with a little help from everything from Twitter consternation to some MSPs, will now been shown in most of Cineworld’s cinemas across Scotland. It was probably the case that the film was initially overlooked for the same reasons most small to medium budget independent films are – and we might ask ourselves what wider reforms could foster a better film industry.
But here we ask; what does our fascination with an image of Scotland’s past restricted to blood-soaked über-men tell us about the ideas of Scottish society projected through the centuries?
And what might a film industry invested in exploring Scotland’s real history produce?