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Mary Queen of Scots cast and filmmakers attend Scottish Premiere

Mary Queen of Scots enjoyed a triumphant homecoming last night at its Scottish Premiere held at the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh. The filmmakers first enjoyed a special reception at Edinburgh Castle, hosted by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Cast members Saoirse Ronan, Jack Lowden, James McArdle, Karen Dunbar, as well as Director, Josie Rourke and Producer, Tim Bevan, were in attendance of last night’s premiere celebrating the film’s Scottish association and heritage.

The First Minister drums with Caladonia alongside Saoirse Ronan

Chatting with the cast

Screen Scotland spoke to the Cast, Producer and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the reception to hear more about the production and filming in Scotland.

See what they had to say in the video below.

Following the screening, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland said,

“I loved the movie. It was brilliant to see the story of Mary Queen of Scots brought to the big screen. The portrayal of Mary’s strength and courage and her complex relationship with Elizabeth is first class. There was great acting all round too.”

The film’s Scottish Premiere followed 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.

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

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Notes to Editors

Directed by Josie Rourke, written by Beau Willimon and produced by Tim BevanEric Fellner and Debra HaywardMary 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.

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 LotteryScreen 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 EnterpriseHighlands and Islands EnterpriseSkills Development ScotlandScottish 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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