Category: Films

Analysis: After the Cineworld stooshie, can we put Scotland’s real history on the big screen?

David Jamieson writes:

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?

 

Edie – the Irish writer behind the acclaimed Scots film

Shelia Hancock stars in Edie

Edie – the Irish writer behind the acclaimed Scots film.

Featuring veteran actress Sheila Hancock in the performance of her career, Edie is an inspiring film set in Scotland, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and goes on release in Ireland this week.

At the tender age of 83 and against her daughter’s wishes, Edie (played by Hancock) attempts to fulfill a life-long dream she long thought impossible – to climb a demanding mountain in the Scottish Highlands.

As part of her preparation for the film, Hancock, who is in her eighties, had to train for the physicality of the role – which not only involved climbing a 730 metre high mountain in Scotland but also rowing, cycling and camping in the Scottish Highlands.

Ahead of the film’s release, Irish writer Elizabeth O’Halloran talks about her experience writing the screenplay.