Edinburgh International Film Festival is delighted to announce that enthralling drama Tommy’s Honour will open the 70th edition of the festival on Wednesday 15th June 2016.
Shot entirely on location in Scotland, Tommy’s Honour is based on the true story of golfing pioneer and legend Tom Morris and his turbulent relationship with his son Tommy. Acclaimed and award-winning actor Peter Mullan (Sunshine on Leith) and Olivier-winning Jack Lowden (War & Peace) take on the roles of father and son and lead a fantastic ensemble cast including Ophelia Lovibond (W1A), Peter Ferdinando (Hyena) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) in the role of Alexander Boothby. Key cast will be in attendance on Opening night.
Tommy’s Honour tells the story of Tom Morris’ relationship with his son Tommy, who showed a remarkable talent of his own and matched his father's sporting achievements. However, despite their shared passion, father and son clash over the unwritten rules of social class, culminating in Tommy’s marriage to a woman of lower standing who hides a shameful secret in her past. Tommy must choose between family loyalty and his dreams of forging his own path with the woman he loves beside him.
Director Jason Connery commented: "It's so exciting! I remember standing in the middle of a field in Fife during the shoot and saying to Peter and Jack, Tommy's Honour might get into the Edinburgh International Film Festival, not in our wildest dreams did we think it would be the Opening Gala opening. That's fantastic!"
Producer Bob Last adds: “It's an honour to be back at EIFF for an Opening Gala, it means a lot to have Mark Adams and his team's support for Jason Connery and our fantastic cast's telling of an iconic Scottish story. We look forward to introducing our film to Scotland and to the Gala being the first step in taking Tommy's Honour to an international audience.”
Producer Keith Banks also said: “Our film is a multi-faceted story that resonates across universal themes including father/son relationships, class struggle, deep romantic love, family love and loveof a game and a culture. We are thrilled to be able to first showcase Tommy’s Honour to a liveaudience at such a respected international gathering via our world premiere at EIFF.
"Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director commented: “We are proud to be staging the world premiereof Tommy’s Honour. It is a beautifully made film packed with memorable moments and terrificperformances and reflects perfectly our intention to keep on bringing great Scottish projects to ouraudience."
Tickets go on sale at 12pm on Wednesday 27th April.