The Last Bus

An old man crosses the country just using local buses.

Year: 2021

Director: Gillies MacKinnon

Writer: Joe Ainsworth

Producers: Roy Boulter, Sol Papadopoulos

Composer: Nick Lloyd Webber

Cinematographer: George Geddes

Editors: Anne Sopel

Casting Director: Michelle Smith

Production Designer: Andy Harris

Funding: £350,000 Film Development and Production Funding to support the film's Scottish director, also enabling the film to shoot at several Scottish locations.


A heart-warming tale of Tom (Timothy Spall), a pensioner whose wife, Mary (Phyllis Logan), has just passed away, who travels from Britain's most Northerly point, John O'Groats, to his original home town at its most Southerly point, Land's End, using his free bus pass. He carries with him his wife's ashes in a small suitcase, travelling the length of the country to take her back home. Along the way, his adventures are recorded by the people he meets and helps, and by the end of his trip he has unwittingly become a social media celebrity.

More information

The film will premiere across UK cinemas on Friday the 27th of August, 2021.

Still of Tom (Timothy Spall) standing at a bus sto. Courtesy of Hurricane films.