New ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ movie offers great scope for Scottish tourism

Published on : Saturday, January 12, 2019

The new Mary Queen of Scots movie offers great opportunity for Scotland’s tourism sector.


Cultural Secretary Fiona Hyslop said that she is “delighted” with the film, with Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots and Margot Robbie as her cousin Queen Elizabeth I; the film is being shown for the first time in Scotland.


The film was screened in Edinburgh on Monday. The movie had its European premiere in London.


Ms. Hyslop, who represents Linlithgow where Mary was born, said: “I’m delighted that we’re going to see the premiere of Mary Queen of Scots in Scotland. If I am allowed, as the MSP for Linlithgow, to say that that is a great opportunity not just for the screen and the culture side, but also for the tourism aspect for Scotland.”


Hyslop said that current budget proposals would see the cash going to Screen Scotland to support the sector north of the border double to £20m.


The minister said that the cash booster is part of efforts to double the production spend by film and TV companies in Scotland.


Netflix filmed the historical action movie Outlaw King, which had a reported budget of some £70.6m, in Scotland.


Ms. Hyslop said that the film, which is focused on the life of Robert the Bruce, had had a “very strong” impact.


She said: “Importantly, the amount of spend that had particularly for crew, production etc was very strong indeed.”


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