A special screening of the Oscar-winning film Braveheart will be shown at Trim Castle, Co. Meath this August Bank holiday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the film.
The blockbuster film, which profited over $50 million at the box office, saw Trim Castle become the city of York, with 80 local carpenters and laborers constructing the elaborate street-scape of the city in the middle ages for the Battle of York, which occurred in 1298.
Many of the actors from the film are set to be returning to Irish soil for the event. A personal video feed from Mel Gibson, who directed and starred in one of his most memorable roles, is also expected.
The film will be shown on a custom-made 60 meter outdoor screen, which is set to be Ireland’s largest outdoor cinema screen, and will be shown on the grounds of Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.
The event will be organised by the Sean Lawlor Artist’s Trust, a charity organisation set up after the passing of Sean Lawlor who played Malcolm Wallace in the movie Braveheart.
Brendan Gleeson, Peter Hanly, Patrick McGoohan and Catherine McCormack are some of the names who appeared in the film, along with hundreds of extras recruited from the Irish Defence Forces and the local population.
The historical epic depicting iconic Scottish Patriot William Wallace as he leads the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward 1st of England, secured five Academy Awards.
Most known for its incomparable battle scenes, motivational speeches, stunning cinematography and Irish landscape, the film was awarded Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Makeup and Effects/Sound Effects Editing.
In an interview with Empire magazine, Mel Gibson explained his main objectives with some of the more memorable scenes:
“The thing I wanted out of the battle sequences was clarity. I’ve seen a lot of these battle movies and they just turn into mush. I broke it down to archers and horses and hand-to-hand and who had the high ground and the low ground, everybody was clearly delineated, even though it was often the same bunch of people playing different parts.We had the guys from the Irish Army, and one day they were all dressed like Scots and the next day they’d be English. I think there’s a scene where somebody actually kills himself.”
He added that he made no apologies for the movie’s much-panned rewriting of history.
“There’s scant historical record. Blind Harry (15th-century author of epic poem ‘The Wallace’) was fanciful and kicked it up to the mythic level, but if you’re looking for a complete compendium of the real life of William Wallace, you’re not going to find one.”
Below is a clip (with added subtitles!) from Gibson’s most inspirational speech if you need a quick recap. For further information on the event, visit artisttrust.ie
Written by Eimear Moriarty