A north-east director’s new movie is to have its world premiere at Robert De Niro’s prestigious film festival – with the Doric accents subtitled for American audiences.
Run was filmed in and around Fraserburgh and will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next month.
Writer-director Scott Graham, 44, who grew up in Strichen and Pitmedden and attended Ellon Academy, said he was honoured that his film was screening at the Oscar-winning actor’s film festival, calling it Run’s “spiritual home”.
The movie, described as an “authentic and taut piece of stripped-down film-making” by festival organisers, was inspired by Scott’s early years in the north-east as well as the music of Bruce Springsteen, who gave permission to use two of his songs on the soundtrack.
Scott, who now lives in Prague, said: “I wrote to him and explained what the film was about and why his music means as much as it does to people in the north-east and also how it’s a character in the film.
“We don’t have a big budget so we were pleased when we got the all clear to use a couple of tracks.”
Run tells the story of a fish factory worker, played by Game of Thrones actor Mark Stanley, who becomes embroiled in the boy racing scene in Fraserburgh.
One thing Scott says he didn’t compromise on was the Doric accents.
He said: “I had a glossary in the front of the script so our financiers in London could understand what was being said.
“I reckon about 40% of it was in dialect and maybe 60% English but it became more broad during filming as the actors really threw themselves into it.
“We all wanted it to be authentic.”
He said he expects the film to be subtitled for the Tribeca premiere on April 26.
“I think it’s inevitable that the screenings will have subtitles,” he said. “Whether they need them or not, I don’t know. But I’d rather that than have made a film that wasn’t authentic and wasn’t in the dialect.”
Films like Taxi Driver, which starred De Niro, inspired Scott as a teenager, so he said Tribeca was the perfect place for its debut.
“It definitely feels like the film is getting its premiere at its spiritual home,” Scott said.
“So much of the inspiration for it came from American songs, cinema and literature.
“If you’re familiar with a film like Taxi Driver, you’re going to recognise certain themes in my film.
“Springsteen isn’t ever mentioned in the film but it should feel like you’re walking around in a Springsteen song, but in the north-east of Scotland.”