Six movies filmed in Scotland in 2017
As BAFTA Scotland prepares to honour the best talent in film, TV and games on 5 November, VisitScotland highlights six films which were filmed in Scotland this year.
1. King Arthur, Legend of the Sword
Director Guy Ritchie brought his take on the Arthurian legend to the screen with Charlie ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Hunnam in the title role, alongside Jude Law, Eric Bana and David Beckham. The beautiful Quiraing on the Isle of Skye served as a filming location.
2. Whisky Galore!
Based on the real-life sinking of the SS Politician off the coast of Eriskay in 1941, and the subsequent seizing of thousands of bottles of whisky by locals, Whisky Galore! stars Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard and Sean Biggerstaff. Director Gillies MacKinnon’s version of the tale made use of outstanding locations throughout Scotland, from the Borders up to Aberdeenshire, including Portsoy harbour.
3. Tommy's Honour
Directed by Jason Connery and based on the critically acclaimed book by Kevin Cook, the film tells the story of a father and son from St Andrews who have a difficult personal relationship but who go on to change the face of golf in the 19th century. It was filmed in various locations in Fife, East Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, including Largo Bay in Fife.
4. Victoria & Abdul
Starring British acting treasure Judi Dench and Bollywood star Ali Fazal as the titular characters, Victoria & Abdul portrays the true events of the friendship between the ageing British monarch and Abdul Karim, a young clerk from India. Locations used in the film include Glen Affric in the Highlands.
Set in the 96 hours ahead of the D-Day landings in June 1944, Churchill follows Britain’s most iconic Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, as he battles his political enemies and personal demons before taking the final decision to launch the allied forces attack on Nazi-occupied Europe in Normandy. Filmed in Edinburgh and East Lothian, a scene at Yellowcraig Beach sees Churchill remembers his disastrous command and mass slaughter of troops cut down on the beaches of Gallipoli in 1915.
6. T2 Trainspotting
Director Danny Boyle’s follow-up to the quintessential 90s film Trainspotting (1996) catches up with Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie 20 years after the first film, for a nostalgic look at their original shenanigans. Much of the film was shot on location in Edinburgh, including a stunning cityscape from the iconic Arthur’s Seat.
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “Scotland’s stunning landscapes makes it the ideal backdrop for the big screen and 2017 has provided plenty of inspiration for cinephile set-jetting visitors.
“This year’s productions in particular, coupled with the phenomenal success of TV series Outlander, have given us the opportunity to not only promote Scotland as a wonderful set-jetting destination but highlight those stories and characters connected to our rich history and heritage.”
Film fans have lots more to look forward to in 2017, with films historic figures Mary Queen of Scots and Robert the Bruce to look forward to.
For more on Scotland's film and TV locations, go to VisitScotland.
(Images: Glen Affric copyright VisitScotland/Paul Tomkins; Portsoy and Quiraing copyright VisitScotland/Kenny Lam)