An animated movie set in the Highlands of Scotland is set to raise Scotland’s profile across the globe this summer.

‘Brave’ features Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald as the voice of the flame haired heroine Princess Merida who has to race against time to undo a terrible ancient curse.

The movie, the brainchild of Brenda Chapman, is produced by Pixar studios and also features the voices of a host of Scots including Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltraine, Kevin McKidd and Craig Ferguson.

The Scots line-up are joined by an all star cast including Julie Waters, Emma Thompson and American John Ratzenberger – Cliff Claven from sit-com Cheers.

The film will premiere in Europe as the closing screening of the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 30th.

First Minister Alex Salmond said the movie presented a huge opportunity to promote Scotland and said: "This will present us with an immense opportunity when Scotland will be centre stage in the film with all the tourism and business opportunities this will bring.

"I fully expect that as the film launches across the world, so will awareness of Scotland increase. Brave will be the most high-profile film ever set in, and themed around, Scotland, featuring Scottish stars.

"We are looking at a film which comes from the award-winning team behind such box-office smashes as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Up, and will create global buzz when it is released."

VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay said: "When better than in the Year of Creative Scotland, and where better than right here on Scottish soil, to launch Brave for the first time in Europe.

"The film will showcase the scenery, humour and culture of Scotland, and we are looking forward to converting cinema-goers into visitors."

The news comes as it has emerged that plans are underway for production of a mini-series based on the life of William Wallace to be broadcast in 2014.

According to, the Scottish hero’s life is to be dramatised by STV’s production arm ‘STV’s Productions’ in conjunction with Digital Rights Group, plus LA-based Creative Media and Nine/8 Entertainment.

A statement from STV read: "Stylistically in the vein of Spartacus and Game of Thrones, the drama series will depict Wallace's back story, the years attempting to unify Scotland, his loves and losses, his legendary battles with King Edward The Longshank and his relationship with rival, Robert the Bruce." say - Todd Berger of Creative Media will executive produce along with Andrew Trapani and Brian Gilbert of Nine/8 Entertainment. Mick Davis, a Scots-American writer, is writing and executive producing. Alan Clements and Margaret Enefer will executive produce for STV Productions.

The statement quotes Clements, director of content at STV, as saying: “This was a turbulent time in Scotland’s history, in which William Wallace had a starring and pivotal role.  We plan to delve deep into his character and explore his passions, bringing parts of history to life in a spectacular and raw depiction.  With all eyes on Scotland in the current political climate, this also seems to be a very appropriate time to tell this story in more depth.”


# Mark MacLachlan 2012-03-13 18:17
Ach we've already got our own version...
# Fungus 2012-03-13 21:49
Nice one Mark
# Christian_Wright 2012-03-15 21:08
Hilarious . . and salutary.
# Jimbo 2012-03-13 19:22
If they're going to make a mini series about the life of Wallace, instead of another re-run of of Braveheart, it'd be nice if they did it right this time.

Hopefully they'll consult the most prominent Scottish medievalist of the last century, Professor Geoffrey Barrow.
# Ard Righ 2012-03-13 21:30
G.W.S. Barrow, superb.
# Buddyh 2012-03-13 21:32
And consult the Society of William Wallace, and set the record straight, rather than the fantasy that was created in the minds in Hollywood.
# Islegard 2012-03-13 23:04
So was the film Braveheart without any historical facts? Everyone has been told by MSM that it is fiction from begining to end and everyone believes MSM.
# Dances With Haggis 1320 2012-03-14 14:37
I get so fed up with ppl knocking the movie Braveheart which was a very enjoyable "MOVIE". it recieved the kind of pseudo-intellectual criticism that a movie about Agincourt or the Alamo [both events shrouded in myth] would never have got.

Where was the mass critisism of Gibson's following movie The Patriot based on the American Revoloution and war of Independence [ a topic that is absoloutly RIDDLED with myth] and the Patriot was the exact same story, it was Braveheart in 1776 without kilts just a change of costumes and location.

Some of this criticism was motivated by pseudo-intellectual snobbery but more importantly it was also politically motivated by a Unionist media so as not let the the "Uppity Jocks" get too proud and confident.

It was an amalgalm of stories that spanned 30 years [though not wallace shaggin the princess]and taken from blind Harry's poem written circa 150 years later.

It was a movie with a theme that American audiences could easily relate to "a struggle for freedom" Not a Documentry,but it did inspire many Scots to go and look at their history and that is a definate plus.

I can imagine all the pseudo-intellectual snobs taking their weans tae see Bambi and telling them " noo this is incorrect as Deer dinnae hing aroon wi' rabbits, and animals cannae talk".Leaving the weans in tears of disillusionment .Bambi is not a wild life history documentry so leave the weans in peace

So the next time you watch Braveheart sit back, relax and take it for what it is, entertaiment, instead of trying tae be smart arses.

As for the mini series, yae got tae love the timing [2014], just wait and see the howls of derision that will be aimed at it by the Unionists.

P.S Braveheart is the only time in my life i have ever saw a Scots audience in a picture hoose applaud a movie at the end.... and as Barry Norman would say
# Dances With Haggis 1320 2012-03-14 14:53
OH! And anything that upsets David Starkey is all right by me
# Islegard 2012-03-14 15:05
Exactly and there are accuracies in accordance with Blind Harry's recollection. One or two artistic deviations which all historical films have have been used to trash the movie.
# edinburgh quine 2012-03-14 15:06
I agree with you entirely. My other half cannot stand the film for its historical inaccuracies, but I think it was more important than that.

The story was really about a band of 'ordinary' people being successful and only when the 'elite' (those who had lands in england) got involved that it all went to hell in a handcart.

That actually has resonance today, does it not?

Right aucheorn, lets here your comments (that's my other half by-the-way)
# Aucheorn 2012-03-14 16:45
I just did not like it !
Historical inaccuracies aside, I don't think it was a good movie. Despite the hype it was given.

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was full of historical and logistical inaccuracies but it was a rollicking good movie.

It's a while since I've been referred to as an intellectual snob. :-p
# chicmac 2012-03-14 21:24
While by no means recommending Braveheart as a history resource, by Hollywood standards it was far more accurate, historically, than their usual fare.

Of course, it does not take a genius to figure out the real reason for the inordinate amount of criticsm it comes in for, although the Us will of course deny it.

The ultimate irony, is that Robin Hood, the eponymous hero depicted more often than any other in film (apart from perhaps King Arthur), is nothing other than a continual, and even less accurate, re-telling of the Wallace legend.

While Robin Hood, is a historical character, the leader of an anti-feudal band in England, his existence was first recorded by the Scottish historian Adam of Wyntoun and not in England.

The theory is that the Legend of Robin Hood was created in the Edinburgh area out of a marriage of this historical English character and the story of Wallace and then exported to England around 1500 (along with the stream of Makaris output).

It is indeed, quite difficult to ignore that a lot of the legendary storyline and characters from Robin Hood have parallels with events and characters in the historicity regarding Wallace.

Wallace and his band of men, during the initial guerilla phase, apparently wore green as camouflage. He was alleged to have considerable prowess with a bow.

There are too, suggested characters from the Robin Hood legend which might relate to historical Wallace associates'

Here are some examples;
Sheriff of Nottingham - The Sheriff of Lanark (who Wallace killed),
Friar Tuck - Wishart, the Bishop of Glasgow who was imprisoned by the English for leading Scottish troops,
The Red Comyn (wore red) - Will Scarlet,
Maid Marion - Marion Braidfoot, Wallace's partner (not called 'Murren' as in Braveheart)

There are others.

Considerable credibility was also given to the Wallace prowess on the bow claim when Professor Archie Duncan found Wallace's seal in the vaults of the Sterling Library about 15 years ago, the crest of which depicted an arm grasping a bow and arrows.

So the next time someone launches into the Braveheart mantra, just inform them that the countless Robin Hood movies are simply even less accurate recounts of Wallace's tale, so they definitely shouldn't have been made either. That should shut them up for a wee while at least.
# Lintie 2012-03-13 21:32
I wonder, will they run this series before or after the referendum?
# Aplinal 2012-03-13 22:12
"If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?" Merida. Could be THE question to ask all Scots in the next two years!
# Vincent McDee 2012-03-13 22:09
Wait and you'll see the British claiming underhanded help and dirty play, from the americans/scots diaspora.

"Is the same old, same old, contubernium".

"Ah! These jocks are capable of any tricks"
# Ben Power 2012-03-13 22:40
The Scots Diaspora is Scotland's "secret" weapon.
40 million people who never gave up their right to be Scots all dispossessed of their rights to the land their ancestors were forced out of by Unionist elites. Does anyone think for a moment they like that.

They are Scots, with a long memory.
Treat them well as part of Scotland and they will visit continually and invest well to keep Scotland as their home. Treat them poorly and they will take their time and investments elsewhere and we will suffer for it.

Unionist elites and their adherents just cannot get past their egos, rampant greed and xenophobia to see that one. Plastic Scots is what those types often call the Diaspora. Offensive.
# edinburgh quine 2012-03-14 14:59
I was told, but dont know if there is any truth in it, that the reason IBM sited their factory in Greenock (?) was someone in the organisation with clout was of Scots decent. Was the person who told me this 30 years ago, talking rubbish?
# john__ 2012-03-14 16:29
That may or may not be true. But I know that Sun microsystems sited their factory in Linlithgow because one of the founders liked playing golf.... Would not be surprised if similar was true for IBM and greenock.

# chicmac 2012-03-14 20:37
That's true, he was Scottish. Apparently he got his driver to stop the car in Spango Valley on the Inverkip road and said they would build it here.
# edinburgh quine 2012-03-14 21:39
So presumably the SNP leadership is harnassing this.

Perhaps Newsnet should have a stand at the next Highland Games (largest in the world) in North Carolina at Grandfather Mountain. 50,000 people, according to Wiki attend.
# Caadfael 2012-03-15 09:29
Interesting you should mention that Quine,a Landrover I use to have has just been sold to a guy in N,Carolina .. wonder if it'll turn up there!
# skelf 2012-03-23 05:20
this so true I live In Australia but would give anything to be in Scotland and be able to vote for Independence
I hope i am still alive to see a free Scotland
# X_Sticks 2012-03-13 23:10
"heroine Princess Merida who has to race against time to undo a terrible ancient curse."

So she is playing Alex Salmond then?
# Dunnichen685 2012-03-14 16:48
Quoting X_Sticks:
"heroine Princess Merida who has to race against time to undo a terrible ancient curse."

So she is playing Alex Salmond then?

"a terrible ancient curse"

The Act of Union I presume.
# GavB 2012-03-13 23:22
I'm not sure the majority of the diaspora are in the same place as those engaged in the debate at home. I get the sense that the discussion in Scotland is really moving onto new ground. I am not sure the discusions in other parts are keeping pace.

If you think there is a tough barrier to cross with msm bias at home, it is 100x worse if all you hear from home is via the BBC World Service, or even regional BBC in other parts of these islands.

I hope that enough of them are finding sites like NNS. It is good to see foreign news teams at party conference so at least some news is getting out there. Perhaps we need to think more about how to get the story out there internationally ?
# Ben Power 2012-03-14 17:39
Spot on. BBC world and the likes in print media are portraying a fantasy of patient wonderful Britishness that some tawdry uncouth rabble want to harm with Scots independence.

Scots here should let their friends and relatives overseas know about NNS and encourage them to read it.
# naemairleesplease 2012-03-14 01:52
On the Wallace thingy,
"Alan Clements and Margaret Enefer will executive produce for STV Productions."

Is that the same Alan Clements that's married to Kirsty Wark and pals with Jack Mcconnel?
# alicmurray 2012-03-14 09:23
Quoting naemairleesplea se:
On the Wallace thingy,
"Alan Clements and Margaret Enefer will executive produce for STV Productions."

Is that the same Alan Clements that's married to Kirsty Wark and pals with Jack Mcconnel?

Yes it is.
# Ben Power 2012-03-14 17:46
Groan, Wallace history portrayed according to Labour 2007-2014 viewpoint of anti Independence campaign spin.
# chicmac 2012-03-14 20:35
OMG He will be portrayed as a psychopathic terrorist thug.

Are we 'looking into the abyss'?
# pmcrek 2012-03-14 09:23
I'll only go see it if Jerry Sadowitz gets a part.
# Giles 2012-03-15 20:31
'Dances With Haggis'

I agree with everything you have said regarding the 'Movie' Braveheart.

Enjoy it for what it is 'A Movie'

I have had more Americans talk to me about this movie than I can count. Everyone loved it. To this day after so many years it is still commented on after they hear my accent. 'Home Rule' for Scotland someone shouted across a Bar in the wilds of New Hampshire. The State with the motto 'Live Free or Die'.
Also had the same thing said to me in Honolulu of all places. 'Home Rule for Scotland' also attributed to people seeing the 'Movie'

Cant hurt anything
# Dances With Haggis 1320 2012-03-19 16:01
New Hampshire, Honolulu ... i can relate to that in my travels to Saltcoats and Largs..LMFAO cheers M8
# Dundonian West 2012-03-19 16:10
We're a blinkin country that isna a country!----are we a' daft?

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