Scotch: The Golden Dram
Thursday, 7th March, 2019 at 6.30pm
Grosvenor Cinema Hillhead with Q&A with Andrew Peat, Director
Andrew Peat’s handsomely crafted feature documentary tells the story of the Scotch whisky industry through its most ardent enthusiasts.
Shot entirely on location in Scotland, Scotch: The Golden Dram tells the story of Uisge beatha, Gaelic for “water of life.” Scotch is enjoyed in more than 200 countries, generating over $6 billion in exports each year. For more than a century, Scotch whisky has been the premier international spirit of choice. It is time to tell the story of “uisge” to the world. While capturing stunning Scottish landscapes, the real heart of the film is the characters – the fascinating people who make Scotch whisky. The film explores some of the biggest names in the industry, including Richard Paterson, a master blender whose nose was insured for $2.5 million, Glasstorm, a company specialising in hand-made bottles for rare whiskies that sell for over $10,000 each, and the Cinderella tale of Jim McEwan, the distiller and master blender, a 50 year plus industry veteran who takes on a dilapidated distillery on his home island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides and turns it into an award-winning blend. McEwan acts as the film’s ambassador, guiding us to discover the process and the people, who they are, their personal histories, how they came to immerse themselves in the art and science of making whisky, their drive for perfection.
Jim McEwan, Richard Paterson, Dr Bill Lumsden, Ian MacMillan, Charles MacLean, Lynne McEwan, Brodie Nairn, Georgie Bell, Robbie Hughes
BRUICHLADDICH (Islay), LAPHROAIG (Islay), GLENMORANGIE (Tain, Ross-shire), TOMATIN (near Inverness), LAGAVULIN (Islay), THE DALMORE (Alness), GLENGOYNE (Dumgoyne, nr Killearn)
Andrew Peat, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
A graduate of the USC film school (MFA), Andrew grew up in northern California, spent a year studying at St. Andrews University, Scotland, and has lived most his adult life in Taiwan and China. At age 11, he declared he would be a storyteller, and has steadily pursued that interest. He now splits his time between making films for Island Productions (Taiwan) and teaching as an associate professor in the film department at United International College, Zhuhai, China.
Arjun Kamath, CINEMATOGRAPHER
Winner of two prestigious Canon Creative Asia Photography Bronze Awards, Arjun is a fine art and contemporary portraiture photographer from Bengaluru, India. Director/cinematographer of the short documentary film Olga, and a graduate of the USC film school (MFA), he has been breaking ground with photo essays which challenge social mores in India. Kamath enjoys a strong following on his Facebook fan page where he regularly shares his artwork.
Phil Hughes, EDITOR
Phil works as a Writer/Director/Producer/Storyboard Artist at Uncanny Entertainment. He earned a MFA in Film and TV Production at USC. He directed the feature-length comedy Merry Maids of Madness which has enjoyed a successful festival run.
Madison McGaughy, SOUND MIXER, BOOM OPERATOR
Madison McGaughy is a Los Angeles and San Diego based production sound recordist and mixer. She discovered her love of sound while attending the USC film school. Since then, she has worked on a number of features and has collaborated with high profile talent and crew throughout the US and internationally.
Dustin Painter, ORIGINAL MUSIC/COMPOSER
Born and raised in North Carolina, Dustin studied Commercial and Electronic Music at Western Carolina University west of Asheville, NC before pursuing graduate studies in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television at USC. He is a composer, sound designer, producer, guitarist, and lover of film, video games, photography and the great outdoors. He loves to work with any medium of visual media.
The Grosvenor, 24 Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12 8SJ
Tickets: 0845 166 6002
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