Golfing Origins Movie 'Tommy's Honour' Lands at Roadside Attractions

By Dave McNary

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Roadside Attractions has acquired the U.S. rights to golfing origins movie "Tommy's Honour" from Gutta Percha Productions.

The drama, which was the opening night film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, is directed by Jason Connery. Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook wrote the screenplay, an adaptation from Cook's acclaimed book of the same name.

Keith Bank of KB Partners, who negotiated the deal, serves as producer along with Bob Last of Holdings Ecosse, Jim Kreutzer of Wind Chill Media Group, and Tim Moore of Top Dawg Productions, with Kenneth Whitney executive producing. The movie will be released theatrically on March 24.

Roadside's deal covers theatrical, DVD, VOD, and pay rights, with Golf Channel securing basic cable rights. International sales are being handled by Timeless Films.

The story centers on Scottish golfer Tom Morris' relationship with his son Tommy, who matched his father's achievement with four British Open wins (the first at the age of 17). Peter Mullan portrays Old Tom Morris and Jack Lowden plays Tommy Morris. Ophelia Lovibond portrays Tommy's romantic interest with Sam Neill as Alexander Boothby, the captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

"We're very excited to release this emotional and beautiful film set in the sport's original home of Scotland. We expect it will appeal to both the smart film crowd and golf aficionados alike," said Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions.

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