Scotland is a fascinating country brimming with heritage, history, compelling stories, and spectacular sights among others. One visit is barely enough to scratch the surface to understand and see more of its tangible and intangible treasures. If you are thinking of traveling to Scotland at some point and wish to know a bit more about it, books and films about the country can prove handy. In this article, we feature four of the top movies about Scotland to add to your must-watch list.
Culloden is a docudrama by Peter Watkins. This critically-acclaimed film is about the 1746 Battle of Culloden that brought an end to the Jacobite rebellion. This film is not easy to watch for those who may be squeamish about the brutality and harrowing images of war. But it depicts war for what it is – brutal and disturbing. It puts people from both sides of opposing forces in stark relief by providing a glimpse into their reasons or motivations in joining the war.
Local Hero (1983)
Local Hero is a film that may not what you would expect it to be. The story and the related issues it presents are all too familiar. It is essentially a story of an American man sent by an oil magnate to a Scottish fishing village with hopes of acquiring it for the latter’s Knox Oil and Gas company. But the oil executive’s plans did not pan out as expected. This film is a poignant journey into a breathtaking place that would make you want to root for anyone who would wish to protect it.
The Tragedy of Macbeth is an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays. It stands out for its grim portrayal of a story steeped with darkness fueled by ambition, murder, revenge and the resulting madness. It is a gripping and haunting film that takes you into the convoluted and messy outcomes of ambition, revenge, and guilt.
Sunshine on Leith (2013)
Sunshine on Leith is an uplifting story about two soldiers and longtime best friends Davy (George MacKay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) who finished their tour in Afghanistan and has returned to their hometown of Edinburgh. Based on a Scottish band musical, this film may be teeming with clichés for some are not into what seems like formulaic approach to the conflicts and resolutions. But it is a feel good movie that features engaging tunes and stunning views of Edinburgh.