New film makes the case for Scotland as a Winter Wonderland
About this time last year, somebody showed me a trailer for a still-in-production film called Sullivan’s Winter. I get sent a lot of trailers for films about the outdoors but something must have appealed to me about this one because apparently, according to the indelible record of the interweb, after watching it I tweeted “reckon this is going to be my favourite film of the winter (even though it hasn’t actually been made yet.)” The trouble with making a statement like that, of course, is that there’s a very real risk of ending up with egg on your face if the film turns out to be either a) just OK or b) less than OK. Happily, however, having just watched the final cut, I can honestly say that Sullivan’s Winter more than lives up to the promise of the trailer.
Directed by 25-year-old filmmaker Andrew O’Donnell, who hails from Lennoxtown in East Dumbartonshire, it tells the fictional story of a young naturalist and writer, the titular Sullivan, played by Blane Abercrombie. Sullivan is on assignment for an outdoors magazine, he tells us. He’s been given the winter off to write an extended essay on his travels around Scotland and – perhaps the most obvious giveaway that his character is made up – he says the magazine he works for has even given him a modest allowance to cover travel and accommodation.