I love the way this film captures people and tells so many stories. Ostensibly, it’s about Aidan Moffat doing a series of gigs around Scotland but all of the people that he meets are just as important. Even the people in the crowds at the gigs - for the brief moment they’re on screen, they are filmed in a way that suggests something about their character. It’s both funny and moving, Sheila Stewart is fantastic and by the end I still couldn’t decide whether I was Team Sheila or Team Aidan.
Cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat sets out to explore Scotland’s past by rewriting and touring its oldest songs. But he doesn't count on running into 79-year-old force of nature Sheila Stewart – a travelling balladeer who upturns Moffat's folk assumptions. He believes the old songs are ripe for updating. She does not. With Stewart's wrath ringing in his ears, Moffat embarks on a road trip that finds him dressed for battle in a Highland graveyard, caught between feuding monster-hunters at Loch Ness, and singing in a dismissive farmer's kitchen – before facing Stewart in his home-town of Glasgow for an unlikely final showdown, in this funny wee film about music and death.
Wonderful film that anyone can watch and get an insight into Scottish music; today and in the past. Captures some lovely moments with some great people. Watch it, if you are Scottish or not, interested in music or not, it’s unforgettable and has something for everyone.
It's no surprise how well Moffat transfers his exceptional narrative abilities over from music to film in this stunning account of his 2014 tour across Scotland. The film encompasses so much more than that though: Moffat explores that age-old dilemma between rejuvenation and loyalty to tradition, traversing the land searching for heritage and acceptance. His intimately close voice - Moffat's established signature - negotiates his troubled journey, at last culminating at a show in Glasgow's iconic Barrowlands. I attended this final show and took full advantage of being the only one of my pals who wanted the free whisky; needless to say my recollection of the night was foggy, but this film has dissipated that mist and assembled a full and rich picture that touches the heart and warms it like whisky but which leaves a far deeper imprint on your memory.
This beautifully crafted film offers up a moving, and often deeply humorous, exploration of a universal question about our musical heritage: should the songs of the past die with the generations who sang them, or is it okay to update them a bit? Turns out that's a fairly contentious question.
Aidan Moffat bravely takes this question to the people of Scotland by means of an intimate nationwide tour of his affectionately modernised ballads. Sheila Stewart shines as his most passionate critic as her story is woven into this journey. The result is spellbinding and, on each viewing, has produced tears of laughter and sadness in equal measure. The songs, the people and the places all take star roles in this unmissable film.
What an absolute wee gem of a film. I laughed a lot during this hilarious and often poignant film. It's as much a film about Scottish music as it is about Scotland, its myriad ways of life and how as a nation and as individuals we deal with our past.
The music is fantastic, the scenery breath-taking and Aidan Moffat is great as an unlikely filmstar.
In time, I think this will be considered an all-time classic of Scottish cinema.
This film is an outstanding exploration of culture with the perfect amount of comedy. It'll have you both laughing and crying. If you haven't seen it yet, I urge you to watch it. You won't regret it!