Directed by and starring Mel Gibson. This is an entertaining 3
hour epic, containing a perfect blend of action, adventure, romance,
tragedy, revenge, torture and suspense. Excellent battle scenes!
What more could you ask for? An interval, perhaps? It tells the
tale of William Wallace, a Scottish hero of old, who helped rally
his people to fight against those nasty English!
set in a repressed, deeply religious community in the north of
Scotland, where a naive young woman named Bess McNeil (Emily Watson)
meets and falls in love with Danish oil-rig worker Jan (Stellan
Skarsgaard). Bess and Jan are deeply in love but, when Jan returns
to his rig, Bess prays to God that he returns for good. Jan does
return, his neck broken in an accident aboard the rig. Because
of his condition, Jan and Bess are now unable to enjoy a sexual
relationship and Jan urges Bess to take another lover and tell
him the details. As Bess becomes more and more deviant in her
sexual behaviour, the more she comes to believe that her actions
are guided by God and are helping Jan recover.
on a novel by Nigel Tranter, The Bridal Path is a light-hearted
look at the somewhat unfortunate results that can come of the
continued marrying of fairly close cousins in a restricted and
remote community. Set in the Hebrides off Scotland, the story
tells how Ewan MacEwan leaves the isle of Eorsa in search of the
perfect wife, but finally returns to marry Katie.
true story of two British track athletes competing in the 1924
Summer Olympics. One is a devout Scottish missionary who runs
for God, the other is a Jewish student at Cambridge who runs for
fame and to escape prejudice.
of The Needle
German superspy, the Needle, who gravitates towards murder using
his trusty switchblade, discovers vital evidence about the Allies
D-Day invasion. He makes for the Scotish coast to escape on a
U-Boat when his small boat is shipwrecked before being picked
up and the Needle is washed ashore. He is saved by a man destined
to never enter the war and his wife and child. The Needle quickly
falls in love with the woman and both must decide between their
love or country.
story, which is set in a small village on a remote Scottish Island,
centres around the gifted Callum who is in his final year at school
and preparing to go to University in Aberdeen on the mainland.
He receives private tuition from Charles McAllister a former Headmaster
at the village school who has become bitter since the death of
his wife. McAllister coaches Callum in French and Poetry. When
he is not coaching Callum he is compiling a photo biography of
the characters in the village. The wedding of the young village
nurse is to form the centre piece of his biography. The story
traces the life of characters in the village as recorded by McAllister,
but seen through the eyes of Callum. It is the story of the life,
loves and motivators in the life of young man in the process of
breaking free from the place where he grew up.
Mathews teaches a remedial class at the Blessed Edith Semple School
in Scotland. Some at the school are trying to discover the two
more miracles that would promote the late Edith Semple to sainthood;
Mathews, a non-believer, wishes the school would concentrate on
teaching the children. He becomes confused, however, when he is
involved in possibly miraculous events himself!
Know Where I'm Going
Webster is a very modern woman (in the 1940's), "She
knows where she's going", she has her life carefully
planned out from a very young age. She gets engaged to a rich
industrialist who has taken a lease on an island in the Hebrides,
so she travels up to Scotland to marry him. However, in the Western
Isles, life beats to a different drum. A storm prevents her immediate
journey to the island so she stays for a while with some of the
locals including a young Naval officer, Torquil MacNeil, who turns
out to be the local clan head and the true owner of the island.
The magic of the local land, it's history and the eccentric
people she meets begin to have an effect on Joan and she wonders
... does she really "Know where she's going".
young David Balfour arrives at his uncle's bleak Scottish
house to claim his inheritance his relative first tries to murder
him then has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the colonies.
Fortunately for the lad he strikes up a friendship with Alan Breck
escaping from Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat at Culludon.
When the ship's captain tries to kill Breck for his money
the two manage to get to land and set out for Edinburgh dodging
the ruthless Redcoats.
critically acclaimed, this stars Liam Neeson as Rob Roy and Jessica
Laing as his sweetheart. The scenery is great, the characters
a bit thin. Look out for Tim Roth as a deliciously evil, scheming
is the film of the play of the book, originally set in Edinburgh,
but brought to Glasgow for the screen version. It's the story
of a group of pals who all take different drugs, to amuse themselves.
It has both realism and fantasy, as well as a great soundtrack,
but be careful - this is culturally specific material and you
may not like what you see.
by Bill Forsythe, this film has been around for a while, but it's
a classic - funny, heart-warming tale of growing up and falling
in love in the 1980s.
funny and visually beautiful film, released in the 1980s. An American
oil company wants to buy some land in the north of Scotland. This
tells the story of what happens when their representative arrives
in the local village. This is my favourite **
of Bright Water
said dog is man's best friend never met Mij! Mij is a cute,
cuddly pet shop otter who captures the heart of Graham Merill
(Bill Travers). It doesn't take Graham long to realize that
London is no place to raise a slippery otter. So he takes Mij
to live in a ramshackle cottage on the coast of Scotland. Together
they set out to explore the curious and magnificent natural wonders
that surround their seaside home--from orphaned geese to tooth-less
sharks. While Mij spends his days frolicking in the icy cold sea,
Graham finds himself falling in love with the beautiful town doctor,
Mary (Virginia McKenna). Before long, the three become inseparable
avoid spoiling the movie this plot summary is very brief. It starts
when three people living together in a four bedroom flat are looking
for a house mate. The interviews they conduct are very unorthodox
and very funny. Eventually the three agree on one prospective
tenant. He moves in, locks his door, and is not seen again. After
a couple of days the three become curious and break in to his
room. What follows is an amazing piece of cinema and to say more
would ruin it.
Sgt. Howie, of the Scottish mainland, receives an anonymous letter
from the offshore community of Summerisle, asking him to investigate
the disappearance of a young girl there. He travels to the remote
isle and discovers a secretive, tightly knit neo-pagan society.
Being a devout (and rather self-righteous) Christian, he is shocked
by the islanders' open sexuality and ritualistic devotion
to the "old gods." As the mystery of the missing girl
unravels, he begins to suspect that she is a victim of human sacrifice.
In the film's chilling final sequence, the truth is revealed
when Sgt. Howie meets the "wicker man."
film, shot in the East Neuk of Fife, centers on four pairs
- Frances is a recent widow who wants to get away from Scotland
to Australia with her teenage son Alex to escape her memories,
arrival of her old mother Elspeth makes her reconsider her decision.
Alex approaches his first sexual experience with neighbour girl
Nita. Chloe and Lily are two old women who like to attend strangers'
funerals and Tom with Sam are two schoolboys who skip school to
play on the beach and talk.