Film on golf legend Old Tom Morris to open Edinburgh festival

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A film based on the life of golfing legend Old Tom Morris is to open the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, ‘Tommy’s Honour’ is based on the true story of Old Tom and his turbulent relationship with his son, Young Tom.

The pair each won the Open Championship four times and were pioneers in the sport.

Acclaimed and award-winning actor Peter Mullan (Sunshine on Leith) and Olivier-winning Jack Lowden (War & Peace) take on the roles of father and son.

The cast also includes Ophelia Lovibond (W1A), Peter Ferdinando (Hyena) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) in the role of Alexander Boothby.

The film was directed by Sean Connery’s son, Jason, who is delighted it will open this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival on 15 June.

“It’s so exciting,” said Connery. “I remember standing in the middle of a field in Fife during the shoot and saying to Peter and Jack, Tommy’s Honour might get into the Edinburgh International Film Festival, not in our wildest dreams did we think it would be the Opening Gala opening. That’s fantastic.”

Producer Bob Last added: “It’s an honour to be back at EIFF for an Opening Gala, it means a lot to have Mark Adams and his team’s support for Jason Connery and our fantastic cast’s telling of an iconic Scottish story.

“We look forward to introducing our film to Scotland and to the Gala being the first step in taking Tommy’s Honour to an international audience.”

Mark Adams, EIFF’s artistic director, said it was “proud” to be staging the film’s world premiere and added: “It is a beautifully made film packed with memorable moments and terrific performances and reflects perfectly our intention to keep on bringing great Scottish projects to our audience.”

Tickets go on sale at 12pm on Wednesday, 27 April.