May 24

the Film Premiere of Braveheart

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Braveheart (1995)
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"Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one cahnce, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!"

~ Braveheart (1995)

Braveheart is a 1995 epic war film directed, co-produced, and starring Mel Gibson, who portrays William Wallace, the late 13th-century Scottish warrior. Randall Wallace, who wrote the screenplay, has acknowledged the 15th-century epic poem "The Acts and Deeds of Sir William Wallace, Knight of Elderslie" as a major inspiration for the film, a fictionally based series of events leading to the First War of Scottish Independence against Edward I of England. Amongst the numerous historical errors included in the film, is the use of the belted plaid (in a tweedy earth-toned tartan) worn by Wallace and his men, which would have been incorrect for the time period, and also in the style and wearing of it. Nevertheless, the film generated huge interest in Scotland and Scottish history and has even been accused of driving "the Braveheart phenomenon," a Hollywood-inspired rise in Scottish nationalism, linked to a rise in anti-English prejudice! Fear not, though, a sequel is in the works! "Robert the Bruce" picks up where the Braveheart film left off, with Angus MacFayden reprising his original role as Robert!

Braveheart is an epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson portraying William Wallace, the 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England.  This film premiered in the United States in wide release on May 24th. 

The story is based on Blind Harry's epic poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace and was adapted for the screen by Randall Wallace.

The tweedy tartan was a joint design between Charles Knode of the Shepperton Studios wardrobe department and Gordon Cavell of the Islay Woollen Mill on the Hebridean isle of Islay .  Charles Knode sent Gordon a sports jacket and asked him to create a tartan/tweed from it using the colors for inspiration.

For a critique of the film from a historical point of view, including commentary on kilt-wearing during this period of history, click the movie still.

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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