A captivating period drama about a strained relationship between father and son, Jason Connery’s enthralling film is set against the fascinating backdrop of the early days of professional golf: when golf balls had to be painted, when backspin on a chip shot was practically unheard of and when it wasn’t unusual for fights to break out when betting got too intense.
Scottish acting legend Peter Mullan is perfectly cast as the ordered and loyal Old Tom Morris, the man who helped set up the Open Championship and went on to win it four times. He would become greenkeeper at the Royal and Ancient Club at St Andrews, where he established a club-making shop overlooking the 18th green, and where he hoped his son Tommy would follow in his respectful footsteps. Young Tommy (Jack Lowden, BBC’s War & Peace) has plans of his own, and sets out to become the ‘dashing young man of golf’, challenging traditions, drawing spectators and becoming golf’s first touring pro.
This beautifully directed film is an uplifting, amusing and dramatic story of two men united by the love of a sport. The film also features an impressive performance by Ophelia Lovibond as Tommy’s wife Meg, and makes great use of some spectacular Scottish locations. Director Jason Connery commented: “It is a story that is truly close to my heart as I grew up with my father on a golf course and I have a home an hour from St Andrews. It is an extraordinary and intimate tale of love and family at the beginning of the great game of golf.”
Peter Mullan: Tom Morris
Jack Lowden: Tommy Morris
Ophelia Lovibond: Meg Drinnen
Sam Neil: Alexander Boothby