Big screen premiere for golfing legend
The tragic tale of a St Andrews icon will unfold on the silver screen on Wednesday night to a packed out high profile crowd.
The screening of Tommy’s Honour - the moving portrayal of St Andrews son of golf is not only the premiere of the movie but will mark the start of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Filmed on location in the town and the surrounds the feature film, which Sir Sean has been advising his son director Jason Connery on, focuses on the “multi-faceted” relationship between Old Tom and his son, Tommy, who went on to enjoy huge success himself as a golfer.
Commenting on his aspirations for the project, director Connery stated: “I am so incredibly passionate and excited to tell this story.
“It is a story that is truly close to my heart as I grew up with my father on a golf course, and I have a home an hour from St. Andrews. This is an extraordinary and intimate tale of love and family at the beginning of the great game of golf. This story has to be told!”
Roger McStravick, author of St Andrews: In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris and a self confessed golf nerd cannot wait to see the film.
“I think the fantastic thing about the Tom Morris story being made into a movie is that Scottish people will learn about one of their greatest icons.
“Tom Morris is the perfect subject matter for a dramatic film. His life was poignant in so many ways.”
Roger said that to put in perspective the tragedy which he expects to unfold in Tommy’s Honour ‘it would be like losing Rory Mcilory now’.
“Tommy was the Rory of the day and it is a tragic, tragic story with lots of rich ingredients to make for a compelling feature film.
“Tommy Morris is inspirational character for young golfers, national idol and I am genuinely really excited for Wednesday.”
Peter Mullan, one of Scotland’s leading actors, plays Old Tom Morris, who helped set up the Open championship and went on to win it four times next to Tommy who is played by a rising star of the Scottish acting scene, Jack Lowden, from the Scottish Borders, who was inspired to take up the profession after watching the National Theatre of Scotland play Black Watch.
Tommy’s Honour, was awarded a £400,000 grant from national arts agency Creative Scotland and is the latest project producer Bob Last and has been in development for several years.