Ulster-Scots is a dialect of the Scots language. This film features the work of the acclaimed Ulster-Scots poet, James Fenton. James considers the literature, language and culture which inspired his work and goes on a journey around his native county, revisiting Antrim landmarks and the landscape of memory, which underpins so much of his poetry.
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.