Rob Roy (1922) was first screened in March 2019 during HippFest and will be accompanied by a newly commissioned score from multi-instrumentalist and composer David Allison whose previous commissions include Nosferatu (HippFest 2011) and The Last of the Mohicans (HippFest 2018).
Rob Roy is an impressive biopic of this well-known Scottish folk hero and stars David Hawthorne. It was shot entirely on location in the Trossachs and nearby Stirling Castle, whilst the 10th Duke of Argyll gave permission to the production to film on his estates. The film makes liberal use of Scots for the intertitles (“dinnae fash yersel”) and epic fight scenes abound, with more than 800 men of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders enlisted as extras in a dramatic battle.
Festival Director (Falkirk Community Trust) Alison Strauss said: “We are delighted to be touring this impressive early film version of the life of Rob Roy and are grateful to Film Hub Scotland for their continued support of our touring programme. This wasn’t the first film version ever made but it is certainly the most epic, and is made even more dramatic by David Allison’s outstanding score played live at each screening. I hope that audiences across the country will experience all the thrill and excitement of seeing this significant Scottish production on the big screen, just like audiences did almost one hundred years ago.”
Rob Roy Tour 2019/20
Sunday 8 September 2019 - Screenplay Festival, Mareel, Shetland
Wednesday 6 November 2019 - Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries
Thursday 7 November 2019 - Stirling Castle
Friday 8 November 2019 - Dunoon Film Festival
Tuesday 12 November 2019 - Inverness Film Festival, Eden Court Theatre
Friday 24 January 2020 - Dundee Contemporary Arts
Friday 14 February 2020 - Queen's Hall, Edinburgh (ticket link coming soon)