Here’s some photos from the Commemorative Screening of Braveheart at the Dominion Cinema yesterday as part of the Edinburgh Film Festival.
It’s difficult to tell which seems longer ago, Braveheart or Bannockburn. Back then everybody thought independence was a pipedream and Mel Gibson was a nice guy. As Joyce McMillan writes here (‘Independence is not about the past‘), despite sustained efforts to confine and re-frame the independence movement as ‘Braveheart nationalism’, all that reduction does is expose the shallowness of the analysis.
As actor Brian Cox put it:
“Braveheart was a film, but the vote on 18 September is for real.”
The event provokes three different thoughts. First what a very fine cast who have all gone on to do incredible things in the intervening time. Second, their all conspicuous in their political support for Yes. That doesn’t tell you anything about Braveheart, the movie / the phenomenon, that’s not what I’m talking about, but it does tell you something about our most talented, most successful, most creative people. Third, on reflection it tells you a whole lot about the ongoing travesty that is our own indigenous, sustainable film industry. How many films have been made here in the last twenty years that recruited from here, were filmed here and made a big hit? Too few.
All images thanks to © Ivon Bartholomew.