Production

From the iconic images of West Sands, immortalised in Chariots of Fire, to the more recent sequences of the Andrew Melville Hall in Never Let Me Go, St Andrews has often featured on the big screen. In this section, we explore all aspects of film production within the town.

These include the earliest newsreel and amateur footage of the town, the proliferation of news crews to mark major international and sporting events, the development of ‘film tourism’ and recent productions from further afield, including Bollywood, that have used St Andrews for location shooting.

William and Kate: The Digital Reconstruction of St Andrews

William and Kate: The Digital Reconstruction of St Andrews

The tourist industry in St Andrews has changed significantly in the 21st century, now defined as much by Prince William’s four years at the University, as it is by the more traditional markers (Golf and the University). As the birthplace of Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s love story, faded cut-outs of the couple’s faces sit in souvenir shop windows, prospective students learn which halls the couple resided in, while a coffee shop pokes fun at this popular fascination with a sign that reads “Where Kate dumped Wills.” Given...

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From the Alps to St Andrews: Cedric Thorpe Davie and the production of Snowbound (1948)

From the Alps to St Andrews: Cedric Thorpe Davie and the production of Snowbound (1948)

While living on North Street and setting up the Department of Music, Cedric Thorpe Davie wrote the score for Gainsborough's espionage drama, Snowbound (1948).

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The Filming of Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius in St Andrews

The Filming of Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius in St Andrews

On Sunday 24th August 2003, filming began on the Old Course in St Andrews.

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Interview: David Puttnam on St Andrews

In March 2012, shortly before the re-release of Chariots of Fire which would coincide with the London Olympics, Producer David Puttnam returned to St Andrews and spoke to us about his memories of filming on the beach, 32 years earlier. Included here is audio of the discussion we had with him. First, Puttnam discussed how they came to shoot the film in St Andrews. Puttnam on finding St Andrews He further discussed the two days spent filming on the beach. Filming on West Sands The shoot took place against the jarring backdrop of international...

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The Family Films of Frances Hedges Montgomery

The Family Films of Frances Hedges Montgomery

Frances Hedges Montgomery was elected Burgh Councillor of St Andrews in 1930. In the two years prior to her election, she made twelve short films. Six of these followed her family experiences in and around St Andrews.

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Rogue Productions – St Andrews’ Student Filmmaking Society

Rogue Productions – St Andrews’ Student Filmmaking Society

A History of Rouge Productions, the St Andrews' Student Filmmaking Society, which was founded in 2000.

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Jan Read

Jan Read

Jan Read, alumnus of St Andrews University, co-writes the Ealing classic The Blue Lamp (released in 1950).

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Filming of Never Let Me Go

Filming of <i>Never Let Me Go</i>

Filming for Never Let Me Go takes place at the Andrew Melville Hall in St Andrews.

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Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

The filming of the iconic beach sequence within Chariots of Fire at West Sands began in April 1980. The film would win the Academy Award for ‘Best Picture’.

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Cedric Thorpe Davie composes the score for Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue

Cedric Thorpe Davie composes the score for Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue

Cedric Thorpe Davie, Professor of Music at University of St Andrews, composes the score for the Disney film, Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue, starring Richard Todd,

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