THE Gaelic King, a historical fantasy action film set in Scotland – made by five brothers from two Scots families, including Philip Todd who scooped the FilmG award for Best Music Video in 2014 with his beautiful interpretation of Cairistiona Stone’s ‘Alleluia’ and again the following year alongside Dannsairean an Eilein Sgitheanaich with Siuthad a Sheònaid, is being distributed worldwide, and going on sale in the UK today (10th July 2017).
The 90 minute film, shot entirely on location in Scotland, including scenes in the garden of their parents’ manse home in Stirlingshire, is now getting a home entertainment release in the UK and Ireland, North America, China, Japan, Italy, Middle East, and more.
It is the result of three years of effort by its makers – brothers Philip, Nathan and Matthew Todd and their cousins, brothers Tom and John Walkinshaw. The five young men, aged between 22 and 28, formed Fellowship Film, a film production company, to get the micro budget project under way and they relied on crowdfunding, friends and families plus sales’ advances to make their dream come true.
The cast for the film – which has been nicknamed the “budget Braveheart” and is being promoted as “Braveheart meets Game Of Thrones” – includes many first-time actors and children to portray a dramatic story that’s set in the war-torn, dark ages of 800AD in Scotland. It focuses on the tale of Scots warrior king, Alpin MacEachdach who hunts his young brother’s kidnappers through a dark forest where an ancient evil hides. A major part of the film centres on a medieval village near the family home at Airth in Stirlingshire that was built by the film crew bolstered by volunteers from the local community.
Philip, Nathan and Matthew’s dad is the local minister, and for one filming block their family home was overrun with Picts and tree demons changing costumes and drinking tea. “This is a film made in Scotland by Scots and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Matthew Todd, the film’s writer and co-producer. “We took risks to make it happen, we have gone it alone and now we’ve done it, so we hope lots of people will enjoy it.” The film’s impressive scale was admired when the Todd brothers visited the Cannes Film Festival last year to find a distributor and also when it was presented at Edinburgh International Film Festival’s 2016 Works in Progress event.
Philip Todd, an award-winning filmmaker, across FilmG and other platforms, with a strong vision for Scotland to become an international centre for high quality film production, directed The Gaelic King, which was originally called Dalriata’s King. Philip said, “We brought together more than 200 people whose creativity, talent and energy helped us achieve the impossible. All in all, this is a fantastic and ambitious project, a Scottish film in every way.”
It’s so encouraging to hear another success story from a young person who has been involved in FilmG. We can’t wait to see The Gaelic King and would urge others to order their copy id they're keen to see it as well as keeping an eye out for further updates from Fellowship Film!