News and Reviews
Here is a selection of comments from
some of the very positive reviews of The Flying Scotsman written at the time
of the UK release. Please click on the links to read the full reviews (nb
some are not available online):
"Obree is excellently played by Jonny
Lee Miller ... We recommend everybody takes the time to see this film."
Douglas Mackinnon makes the move from TV to feature film with some style to
make this an enjoyable and well crafted film. Jonny Lee Miller delivers a
powerful performance as Graeme Obree; his genuine commitment the role is
evident throughout." Kevin Stanley,
Eye for Film
Variety reports "Trade magazine Treffpunkt
Kino called "The Flying Scotsman" "a winner," praising topliner Johnny Lee
Miller for a "charismatic, terrific performance."
Billy Boyd interview on
"Flying Scotsman - Allein zum Ziel"
The Flying Scotsman - Video Interviews
- Jonny Lee Miller plays Obree, and the supporting cast includes a brace of
great Scottish acting talent, including Billy Boyd, Brian Cox and Laura
Fraser, all featured in the above interview video.
Click here for stv.tv
works tirelessly as the hag-ridden cyclist, but Boyd, as his manager and
long-time pal, and Fraser as his upbeat wife, are just as good, and
contribute much to the warmth of character that leaves a lump in the
throat at the end."
David Quinlan, PicturesThatTalk.com
"Mackinnon’s direction allows the characters in THE FLYING SCOTSMAN to
shine; Miller convincingly portrays a complex character for whom nothing
comes simply and nothing can be taken for granted. Imbued with emotional
resonance and offering a loving tribute to both Scotland and the world of
cycling, THE FLYING SCOTSMAN has something for everyone."
Video Review -
BBC News - Film 24 with Mark Kermode
with Billy Boyd on
"FINAL VERDICT: Smart cycle film is on the right track. Fascinating"
"Rather than checking into Hostel II,
enjoy the brevity of Shrek.
Better still, get on
your bike" (Our highlighting-
Mark Kermode, The Observer
"I'm delighted to report...a small British triumph…Jonny Lee Miller in
easily his most intelligent screen performance to date…A thoroughly
involving story." Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail.
- Daily Record - Saturday Plus At the Movies - "A triumph over adversity
"Film a triumph as Obree beats world"
Jim White, The Telegraph
Mark Kermode, BBC Radio Five Live "The nice
thing about it is....it's just one of those kind of good old fashioned
....decent kind of movies about ordinary people doing something slightly
extraordinary and therefore becoming better as a result of it." (Available
to listen to now or as a Podcast - one of the last reviews)
Lee Miller is on superb form as Obree."
Alan Morrison, Daily Record
out of 4
"This film is a real winner. GO SEE."
Johnny Vaughan, The Sun
For information about Simon Rose: Creator,
Screenwriter & Executive Producer
Viewlondon.co.uk "The Flying Scotsman is a superbly acted, emotionally
engaging and ultimately uplifting drama that tells a fascinating true story.
Recommended." Matthew Turner
"A truly moving, touching tale."
- "The Flying Scotsman story is told with
heart and grace"
Matthew Turner, mymovies.net
"...it‘s a beautifully filmed triumph–over–adversity sports flick that‘s
based on a remarkable true story. - Miller gives his best performance to
date....this is an impressively directed, sharply written and superbly acted
film that tells a fascinating and emotionally gripping story."
Time Out "... the film has a pleasant feel-good
factor tempered by moments of melancholy. Given the budgetary restraints,
feature debutant Douglas Mackinnon’s made a fine fist of a great little
underdog story." Derek Adams - Source : Time Out
London Issue 1923: June 27-July July 3 2007
Ben Atkins - Cyclingnews' Film and Theatre Critic
" Miller's performance, especially as a man wracked by
internal conflict and torment, is outstanding. There are some moments of
real pathos and sadness, of real triumph and some genuine humour,
particularly his 'washing-machine moment' as he suddenly realises the
potential of the bearings.
The film wants you to get behind Graeme
and share his despairs and triumphs."
Matthew Supersad - FilmExposed
"Miller brings naturalness to the role that
steers clear of the melodramatic pitfalls of the ‘mentally traumatised
hero.’ ...feature film debutant Mackinnon deftly integrates pulse-pounding
close-ups of Miller’s perspiring face with graceful tracking shots that
glide around the racetrack. It’s energising stuff."
"A truly inspirational tale" Red
wonderful film about a remarkable man" Glamour
"Uplifting and life-affirming" Now
"Jonny Lee Miller is at his best since
Trainspotting. It’s a thrilling cinematic film" Empire