A Perthshire filmmaker’s highly-anticipated movie about legendary Scots king Robert the Bruce will be given its world premiere in Canada.
Outlaw King – which was made by David Mackenzie, who studied at Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design – will be shown for the first time as it opens the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) on Thursday September 6.
The movie, parts of which are believed to have been filmed in Perthshire, is one of Scotland’s biggest productions.
Other Scottish filming locations included Doune, Aviemore, Linlithgow Palace and Glencoe.
The historical epic, which is being distributed by Netflix, stars Star Trek actor Chris Pine in the lead role alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Florence Pugh.
Reacting to the news that his film would open the festival, Mr Mackenzie said: “Thank you Tiff for welcoming our film into the world. The festival is the perfect launchpad for our realistic epic, and we are delighted to be the first Scottish film ever to open Toronto.
“I cannot imagine a better place to have our world premiere. Scotland and Canada’s histories are bound together, forged in the crucible of the struggles of history, bringing this day an affinity and sensibility that I hope will translate to a profound, visceral, and riotously entertaining experience. We are really looking forward to spreading some Scottish goodwill on the great city of Toronto.”
The film is due to open in selected cinemas and on Netflix on November 9.