New York Premiere for new Sean Connery St Andrews film
Screen legend Sir Sean Connery makes a return to the silver screen this week in a film charting the history of Scotland’s oldest University.
The premiere will be on, Wednesday 16 May 2012 at one of New York’s premiere cultural venues, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).
It marks Sir Sean’s long awaited return to the silver screen and he’ll be attending the Premiere with award winning film director, Murray Grigor and the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Louise Richardson.
The film tells the story from its founding, its formal charter of 1411 and full university status being granted by the Pope in 1413.
Sir Sean says:
“When Louise Richardson invited me to collaborate on a film to mark our 600 years, as a key part of the scholarship endowment campaign, I readily agreed. As our film Ever to Excel began to take shape, I soon came to realise how central St Andrews is to Scotland. And how, in a very real sense, it is to America too.”
We the People
It’s fitting that Sir Sean, a legend of 007 movies, spoke of the true ‘bond’ between Scotland and America. Three people who signed the Declaration of Independence passed through St Andrews. Benjamin Franklin received an honorary degree and was awarded the Freedom of the Burgh. James Wilson, born nearby, became one of the first Supreme Court Justices and is credited with changing 'We the States' to the immortal phrase 'We the People'.
Award Winning Director
Director, Murray Grigor is a long time collaborator with sir Sean and and co-writer of Being a Scot (Weidenfeld & Nicolson).
'Ever to Excel' also features famous alumni such as Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, novelist Fay Weldon and poet Jay Parini.
Murray is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and has a host of firsts to his name. He was the first film maker to be made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was also the first to receive the UK’s Royal Television Society Reith Award. His credits include 'Portrait of an Artist: the Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'E. P. Sculptor' on the artist Eduardo Paolozzi.
He says “Our film should encourage all good alumni to come to the aid of their Alma Mater to help fund the next 600 years.”
Fit for a Prince
The film also includes revealing interviews with staff who taught Prince William. He and the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton are graduates of the University.
The US premiere will be a private fundraising event, with a Scottish premiere to follow in St Andrews on 24 May and a screening in Edinburgh on 14 June.