This impressive and rarely screened biopic of one of Scotland’s best-known outlaws, stars David Hawthorne in full tartan kilt and tammy and tells the story of the MacGregors in the early 18th century.
Shot entirely on location in the Trossachs and nearby Stirling Castle, (the 10th Duke of Argyll also gave permission to the production to film on his estates), the film makes liberal use of Scots for the intertitles (“dinnae fash yersel”) and includes epic fight scenes, with over 800 men of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders enlisted as extras in a dramatic battle.
At the opening of the film, screenwriter Alicia Ramsey explains via the first intertitle that this is not an adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's novel, but the story of the principal events in the life of the famous outlaw (“To Scotland, not to Scott, did we go for the facts…"). Never prone to letting these “facts” get in the way of a good story, the film is a gleeful adventure yarn with a strong romantic streak.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer, David Allison, will accompany the film with a new score commissioned by the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival (HippFest). David has created a number of successful live soundtracks for silent films, including 'The Island Tapes' and 'The St Kilda Tapes' which toured internationally and sold out at festivals such as Celtic Connections. As well as last year’s HippFest opening title 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1920), and the 1922 horror classic 'Nosferatu' (HippFest 2011), David has produced three solo studio albums: 'Reporting', 'Guitar Gi-tar' and 'Acoustic Movies'.
Presented by The Queen's Hall.
(Peter Callaghan, Reviewsphere)
"David Allison’s terrific live score, combines pipes and drums and flutes and strings to create a contemporary soundtrack which hints at but far from replicates the tartan and twee romanticism of the Highlands."
The Hippodrome Silent Film Festival was launched in 2011 and has since become a key annual event in the cultural calendar, drawing audiences from across Scotland and beyond, and generating significant UK-wide media coverage. The event is organised by Falkirk Community Trust with key funding from Screen Scotland, Falkirk Council and Film Hub Scotland part of the British Film Audience Network.
The 10th Hippodrome Silent Film Festival runs from 18-22 March 2020.
The Rob Roy (1922) tour is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network. It is produced by the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival which is supported by Falkirk Community Trust and Screen Scotland.
Image of David Allison courtesy of Falkirk Community Trust / copyright Kat Gollock.