Special Correspondent Malti Sahai
The world premiere of Outlaw King, David Mackenzie’s period drama chronicling the true story of the rise of 14th century Scottish hero Robert the Bruce, was the Opening Night Gala Presentation for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday at Roy Thomson Hall.
This epic David-versus-Goliath tale reunites award-winning director David Mackenzie with his Hell or High Water actor Chris Pine. Chris takes on the starring role of the legendary Scottish king who leads a band of outlaws to reclaim the throne from the clutches of Edward 1 of England and his army. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, and Billy Howle.
This is the first Scottish film ever to open Toronto. Stressing that Scotland and Canada’s histories are bound together, David Mackenzie (Director) said in an interview that he hoped the film, forged in the crucible of the struggles of history, would bring an affinity and sensibility that will translate to a profound, visceral, and riotously entertaining experience adding, “We are really looking forward to spreading some Scottish goodwill on the great city of Toronto.”
The audience enjoyed a thrilling journey back in time. David Mackenzie masterfully unwrapped history with taut dramatic flare. Gripping performances led by Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson made this film a classic, entertaining, and action-packed festival open.
Filmed in Scotland, the project was made with the full support of Creative Scotland and the Scottish government. The film opens in select theatres and launches globally on Netflix on September 9.