Tommy’s Honour wins BAFTA Scotland best movie

Date: (31/10/2016)

As Tommy’s Honour inks USA release through Roadside Attractions in a special deal with NBC Sports and the Golf Channel, writers Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook talk to FifeScreen+TayScreen’s Julie Craik.  With iconic film locations across Fife and east Scotland, the movie tells the true story of Scottish legends who challenged convention and dared to win in their own way.  Father and son, Tom and Tommy Morris Senior pretty much invented the modern golf game and Tommy lost his heart to a woman, viewed as from the wrong side of the tracks.

Tommy’s Honour is a critically-acclaimed drama that opened the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 and will be released in the USA on 24th March 2017.

Produced by Gutta Percha Productions, the film is about the real-life founders of the modern game of golf and is directed by Jason Connery.

The movie features film locations across Fife including the world famous, home of golf at St. Andrews,

Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook wrote the screenplay based on  Cook's acclaimed book that won the United States Golf Association's Book of the Year award in 2007.

Tommy’s Honour is a double first for husband and wife Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook.  Tommy’s Honour is a highly accomplished, first screen play by Pamela based on Kevin’s first book.  A former feature writer, her work has featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and she has written for Playboy, Redbook, Parents and other magazines.  Her critically acclaimed memoir, Motherland, was a Chicago Tribune “Editor’s Choice” selection and she is currently at work on her next screenplay.

The book, Tommy’s Honor, won the U.S. Golf Association’s Herbert Warren Wind Award as the best golf book of 2007.  Leading sports and golf journalist, Kevin has written for Sports Illustrated, GQ, Playboy, The New York Times, Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. He is the author of Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything; Flip: The Inside Story of TV’s First Black Superstar; and an investigative biography of Kitty Genovese, Kitty: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America.

The deal with Roadside was sealed by Executive Producer, Keith Bank of KB Partners who worked with producers Bob Last (L’Illusioniste, Sunset Song), Jim Kreutzer of Wind Chill Media Group and Tim Moore of Top Dawg Productions (American Sniper, Invictus).  Taking the Executive Producer mantle with Keith Bank was Tony winner Kenneth Whitney.

Tommy’s Honour is an intimate and powerfully moving story of the fractured relationship between Scottish Golf Royalty, Tom and Tommy Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf. 

Tommy played by new star, Jack Lowden, matched his father’s success by winning his first golf Open  at the age of 17.  With a flamboyant personality, he acquired fame and fortune that outshone his father’s (BAFTA nominee Peter Mullan) success.

Set against the early days of the sport and stunning landscape of Scotland, the story speaks to universal themes, family conflict, class struggle and complicated love stories.  Tom’s jealousy of his son’s success taints their personal relationship but together their professional relationship is front-page news.  Against Tom’s wishes, Tommy rebels against both the aristocracy led by R & A chief Alexander Boothby played by Sam Neill (Jurassic Park)and against his parent’s wishes in his compelling yet tragic relationship with Meg Drinnen played by Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy).

Howard Cohen, Co-President of Roadside Attractions says:

"We're very excited to release this emotional and beautiful film set in the sport's original home of Scotland.  We expect it will appeal to both the smart film crowd and golf aficionados alike".

In just over a decade, Roadside Attractions has garnered thirteen Academy Award® nominations with critical and commercial hits as Indignation and Margin Call.

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