The Scottish movie that opened this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival finally looks set to be shown in cinemas.
The worldwide distributions rights for The Flying Scotsman – about record-breaking Scottish cyclist, Graeme Obree – have finally been taken up, by Metro Goldwyn Mayer.
However, a planned release date of the 29th, in the USA, has been postponed, to a date still to be decided. Similarly, no release date has yet been set for an UK release.
Nevertheless, a distribution deal will be welcomed by everyone involved in the film, including the crew – some of whom were not fully paid during its making. Indeed, money troubles almost resulted in the film’s screening at the Edinburgh film festival being disrupted by a protest.
Says an MGM statement: “The film was recently lauded by participants at the American Film Market in Santa Monica.” The distribution rights were sold by London-based ContentFilm International.
The film is directed by Douglas Mackinnon and stars Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Boyd.