They call it the ‘Water Of Life’ , its loved around the world with over a billion bottles leaving Scotland. In Scotch: The Golden Dram, Andrew Peat‘s revealing documentary that journeys to the stunning Scottish countryside to uncover the history of the craft and to meet some of the biggest names in the industry.
Andrew Peat says, “I am absolutely delighted to bring our film to UK and Irish audiences. The heart of our film is the characters, the men and women who produce Scotch whisky, from the barley farmers to the bottle makers. And you can literally see the passion and joy and pride they have in their work and this world-renowned product. They share their amazing stories, and some very humorous anecdotes. It’s a very educational film (you learn the entire process of whisky making), but at the same time it’s a film of the heart. You will laugh and possibly cry by the time the credits roll.”
Ahead of its cinematic release in the UK in March, Munro Films has released a Trailer, Get a taster of that passion for Scotland’s national drink. The passion, the sweat, the tears from the men and women who produce, bottle the Scotch…
Shot entirely on location in Scotland, Scotch: The Golden Dram tells the story of uisge-beatha, Gaelic for “water of life”, which is enjoyed in more than 200 countries, generating over $6 billion in exports each year. The film charts the Cinderella tale of legendary master distiller Jim McEwan, a veteran with over 50 years standing in the industry, who takes on a dilapidated distillery on his home island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides and turns it into an award-winning blend. Some of the other ardent enthusiasts featured include Richard Paterson, a master blender whose nose was insured for $2.5 million, as well as biochemist whisky-maker Dr Bill Lumsden, and master distiller Ian MacMillan.
The film marks director-producer Andrew Peat’s feature-length documentary debut, a passion project for the American filmmaker who studied at St Andrew’s University in Scotland.
Scotch: The Golden Dram will be in UK & Irish cinemas from March 8. The film will be previewing at Glasgow Film Festival March 1 [book tickets], and then Dublin International Film Festival on March 2.