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Dalriata’s King – brothers’ big ambition for low budget film

By on December 2, 2015

Five brothers from two families have banded together to make a low-budget, historical fantasy action feature film they hope will be screened worldwide.

Shooting has already started on the 100-minute long Dalriata’s King in locations across Scotland.

The film’s scriptwriter Matt Todd, who lives locally, described the film as ‘Lord of the Rings and Narnia meet Braveheart’.

It’s a story that’s set in the war-torn, dark ages of 800AD and focuses on the tale of Scots warrior king Alpin Mac Echdach who hunts his young brother’s kidnappers through a dark forest where an ancient evil is said to hide.

Matt set up Fellowship Film this year with his two younger brothers and two cousins, who are also brothers. All five are in their 20s.

He said: “We wanted to make a historical fantasy about a period of Scottish history when the Picts and the Scots united to become Scotland.

“This is a serious project and the film trailer shows the excellence of the acting, the amazing sets and, of course, spectacular views of Scotland for battle scenes.

“We have been fortunate enough to bring together more than 100 people whose creativity, talent and energy is achieving the impossible. It is a fantastic Scottish project in every way.”

The first block of filming has been completed and for this, the production team built a mediaeval village near the family home at Airth in Stirlingshire, which became a real community project.

With a cast in the £24,000 film including many first-time actors and children, it is already being described as a “budget Braveheart”.

Before Dalriata’s King, Fellowship Film completed The Fable of Forsaken, a short fantasy action film also set in medieval Scotland, which was screened at this year’s Fargo Fantastic Film Festival in the United States.


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