Mary Queen of Scots to have Scottish Premiere in Edinburgh

Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie will have its Scottish Premiere this evening in Edinburgh following a special reception for the film’s makers and stars at Edinburgh Castle hosted by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Directed by Josie Rourke, the film also stars a host of Scottish actors including Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Martin Compston and James McArdle.

The film shot across locations in Scotland in 2017, including Strathdon, Glencoe, Glen Feshie, Blackness Castle and Seacliff, East Lothian.

A richly rendered account of our shared history

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland said,

“The Scottish premiere of Mary Queen of Scots provides another opportunity to showcase Scotland as a world-class location for productions.

“Securing film and TV productions offers significant benefits to the Scottish economy and job opportunities for our skilled crew. It’s good for tourism too as our stunning scenery features on screen.

“Through Screen Scotland, we are increasing support for the sector and seizing emerging opportunities to ensure the industry in Scotland continues to go from strength to strength.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland said,

“We warmly anticipate the premiere and release of Mary Queen of Scots in its historic home territory. Josie Rourke’s illuminating portrait of Mary and the swirl of political forces that determined her fate is dramatically set off by Scotland’s spectacular locations, providing UK audiences with a richly rendered account of our shared history.”

Jenni Steele, Film and Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland, said,

“Scotland’s history and culture is a huge driver for visitors from across the globe, with the life of Mary Queen of Scots a fascinating part of that.

“We’re excited to see Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie take on the iconic roles of Mary and Elizabeth in this latest big-screen interpretation of Mary Stuart’s life, especially as Scotland’s landscapes and built heritage appear on screen.

“With its mix of political intrigue and stunning imagery of Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots could offer further inspiration for visitors to explore the country and the many real historical locations linked to the 16th century monarch.”

Margot Robbie with two fellow cast members sliding rings onto her fingers

Bafta nominations

The film’s Scottish premiere follows Margot Robbie’s BAFTA nomination for the Best Supporting Actress in her role as Elizabeth I alongside Alexandra Byrne for Best Costume Design and Jenny Shircore for Best Make Up/Hair.

UK release

Mary Queen of Scots is released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 18 January. Tickets info here:

@MaryQueenMovie #MaryQueenOfScots

Notes to Editors

Directed by Josie Rourke, written by Beau Willimon and produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayway, Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart.

Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.

Mary Queen of Scots received recce funding and location support through Screen Scotland’s Screen Commission.

Production spend in Scotland has reached records levels of £95million. An increase of over 300% in the past decade, the figures reflect the growing strength and confidence of Scotland’s film and tv sector as increased incentives like Scotland’s Production Growth Fund, new funds from Scottish Government coupled with existing UK tax incentives, are bringing unprecedented international interest in Scotland as a place to film.

Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland.  With £20 million from Scottish Government and the National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support.  Screen Scotland sits within Creative Scotland and is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success. @screenscots #FilmInScotland

Media Contacts

For press information about Mary Queen of Scots, contact:

Charlie Martin | Freuds

For press information about filming in Scotland, contact:

Eilidh Walker | Media Relations and PR Officer | Screen Scotland

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