The Bruce

Based on the play, The Cave, a reimagining of the legend of Robert the Bruce and the spider.

It is the year 1306.

Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, is in hiding after defeat at Methven by Edward I, King of England.

He is accompanied by loyal supporters, Gilbert de la Hay and James “The Black” Douglas.

Haunted by his past and battling his demons, the Bruce seeks to become the king his country needs.

  • Hamish Hutchinson
  • Hamish Hutchinson
  • Hamish Hutchinson
  • Gary D'Arcy
  • Colin Povey
    Key Cast
    "Robert the Bruce"
  • Steven Imrie
    Key Cast
    "Gilbert de la Hay"
  • Ross Kinnon
    Key Cast
    "James Douglas"
  • Angie Fowler
    Key Cast
    "Elizabeth Bruce"
  • Alan Whitfield
    Key Cast
    "John Comyn"
  • Gary D'Arcy
  • Gary D'Arcy
  • Hamish Hutchinson
  • Hamish Hutchinson
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 8, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    50 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Hamish Hutchinson

Founder of Renaissance Ham Productions and co-founder of filmmaking collective The Bigger Picture. The Bruce was his first film as director. Other production credits include the MicroBudgetVerse film series (writer, director, composer…) and short docu-drama, The Alman: A Dramatic History (writer, actor).

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Director Statement

The origin of The Bruce dates back to 2014 when I conceived the idea of writing a play which reimagines the legend of the King of Scots and the spider. That became The Cave but it wasn't until 2018 that I decided to use it as the basis for creating a short film as my directorial debut. It was ambitious, to say the least, to do a short medieval drama on no budget. But with a little luck, a fantastic crew and some stunning locations, we did it, completing post-production in late 2020. There were bumps along the way, including losing footage and an edit (!) but it was so much fun.