I’ve included some non-indigenous Scottish set films, but can’t bring myself to include Mel Gibson and Braveheart, sorry; anyway, that’s really a Hollywood film, filmed in Ireland, with Australian star playing someone of Welsh ancestry. And i’m not too keen on Brigadoon. As well as the films listed Scotland has given us stars Sean Connery, Ewan McGregor, Alastair Sim, Deborah Kerr, and novelists Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson whose books have been filmed not only on Scottish subjects. Norman McLaren and Alexander Mackendrick have been among the directors who have made notable films in North America. Bill Douglas’ Comrades is a masterpiece about the Tolpuddle Martyrs, set in Dorset in England, and Australia
Not yet on mubi database:
Scotland’s Einstein: James Clerk Maxwell, the Man who Changed the World
Jamaica Street, Glasgow
My Childhood – one of the cinematic treasures of the British isles, a poetic sensitivity chiselled out of granite.
Taking a leaf from the book of Ozufan, a true Scot and no doubt a great tosser of the caber:
The eerie call of the loon, the dark waters of Loch Lomond, the enticing wild redhead called Fiona, the auld empty barn, the wee sleekit beastie, the phantom flasher of Inverness (yes it’s true what a Scotsman has under his kilt!), the Highland jig, the swoop of the Osprey, the swirl of the sprorran, the leap of the haggis, the storms over the isles of Rum, Eigg and Muck, the downing of the finest whisky at Hogmanay, hooray for Rabbie Burns, the burn and the 19th hole at St Andrews, Nessie, Archie Gemmill’s world cup goal and the deep fried battered Mars Bar… and woe betide the unwary Sassenach traveller.
“These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.” (Alfred Hitchcock)
The 39 Steps
The Wicker Man
Under the Skin
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes