Toon actor to open Edinburgh Festival

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A film starring a famous actor from Peterhead is to get its world premier on the opening night of the Edinburgh Film Festival in June.

Award-winning actor Peter Mullen will star in Tommy’s Honour, the true story of St Andrews golfing pioneer Tom Morris and his turbulent relationship with his son Tommy.

Mullen and Olivier-winning Jack Lowden take on the roles of father and son respectively and lead an ensemble cast including Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Ferdinando and Sam Neill.

Key cast members will be in attendance at the opening night on Wednesday, June 15.

Director Jason Connery predicted the film might get the privilege of featuring at the festival, but did not expect to be opening it.

He said: “I remember standing in the middle of a field in Fife and saying to Peter and Jack that Tommy’s Honour might get into the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

“Not in our wildest dreams did we think it would be the opening gala.

“That’s fantastic.”

Mark Adams, EIFF’s artistic director, said: “We are proud to be staging the world premier of the film.”