Over the years, Scottish cinema has built up its very own unique style of film making. The country that gave the world top actors such as Ewan McGregor, Sean Connery, Robert Carslisle, Kelly McDonald, James McAvoy and Gerard Butler to name but a few, has also produced some unforgettable films and characters over the years. Here is my list of Scottish films everybody should see at some point.
If you have never seen the William Wallace epic starring Mel Gibson in the lead role than what are you waiting for. Hugely popular in every part of the world (apart from England) it broke all sorts of box office records when it was released in 1997 and even won a few Oscars. Based (very loosely) on the true story of Scottish Folk hero William Wallace.
Based on the Irvine Welsh novel, this grim classic set in a drug fuelled 90's Edinburgh, gave A-listers Ewan McGregor, Kelly McDonald and Robert Carslisle their first big break into the mainstream. The film follows the life of a recovering drug addict (Mcgregor) from Leith and his daily struggles trying to stay clean. Best known for it's iconic soundtrack that defined the 90's and Carslisle's unforgettable Glaswegian character of Begbie.
3. Sweet Sixteen.
Set in Greenock 2002, Sweet Sixteen is much like Trainspotting only more violent. The film follows the life of a 15 year old who takes up selling heroin after his mum his jailed. He plans to earn just enough money so he can help her build a life on her release. His plan doesn't run quite as smoothly as he hoped, culminating in a showdown on his 16th birthday. A real gritty and realistic film that sums up everything Scottish cinema is good at.
Directed by Peter Mullen, Neds is the most recent film on the list. Set in 1960's in Glasgow, it focuses on the culture of violence and gang fighting that was prevalent in the city for generations. Neds captures the Glasgow culture of violence brilliantly and tells it in a way that shows that is not as black and white as people sometimes make it out to be.
5. Small Faces.
Another classic that focus's on the teenage gang culture in Glasgow and the cities infamous razor gangs. It is about three teenage brothers of different age groups and how they all have been affected by the gangs and "Young teams" they are surrounded by. A classic coming of age movie with a Scottish twist.