The best Scottish Films?
I've just had a great holiday up in the Highlands of Scotland, admiring the wonderful scenery, eating great local food, and drinking some of the best whiskies in the world.
So rather than return to a serious feature I thought it would be fun to find out how many Scottish films we actually know, and just what films make you think of Scotland, whether you're from Scotland or not.
I can think of a fair list of Scottish films, from the obvious to the not so obvious. There are classics such as Whisky Galore! and Brigadoon (a film that might have most Scottish people turning away in embarrassment), epics such as Braveheart, old Scottish stories such as Greyfriars Bobby and modern stories such as Trainspotting and the fantastic The Flying Scotsman (Filmstalker review).
I keep thinking of more titles and surprising myself with just how many there actually are, and what a wide variety has come out of Scotland. I once read one critic who said that Scottish cinema was all just tartan, depression or drug films, yet while I'm thinking about my list there are plenty of titles that don't fit these three columns...well not entirely.
What other films conjure up Scotland for you and why? For me it's usually a film about Scottish people, the early way of life in Scotland, or something which captures the beauty of the Highlands. Those kind of Scottish films are the ones that I'll be drawn to most.
How many Scottish films are there, or what films can you think of that carry strong Scottish connections? Is it all tartan, drugs and depression in your list? I'll save my favourite Scottish films for later on, and give you readers the chance to list off first.