The Last Great Wilderness

Overview

Scottish short film director David Mackenzie made his feature-film debut in 2002 with The Last Great Wilderness, the tale of two oddballs stuck in a sleepy Scottish town out in the middle of nowhere. The romantically jilted Charlie Alastair Mackenzie is headed to a remote location in the Highlands to burn down the house of the celebrity that stole his girlfriend away from him. On the way, he is forced to give a ride to a pseudo-Spaniard named Vincente Jonny Phillips who is on the run after sleeping with a violent...
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Overview

Scottish short film director David Mackenzie made his feature-film debut in 2002 with The Last Great Wilderness, the tale of two oddballs stuck in a sleepy Scottish town out in the middle of nowhere. The romantically jilted Charlie Alastair Mackenzie is headed to a remote location in the Highlands to burn down the house of the celebrity that stole his girlfriend away from him. On the way, he is forced to give a ride to a pseudo-Spaniard named Vincente Jonny Phillips who is on the run after sleeping with a violent thug's wife. En route, the car breaks down and the men are forced to stay at the Moor Lodge -- home to a group of similarly odd people that Charlie and Vince soon find themselves compelled to learn more about. The Last Great Wilderness premiered at the 2002 Edinburgh Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
The Last Great Wilderness is a sometimes beguiling, sometimes eerie and sometimes silly movie set in the Scottish highlands. It starts as a fairly conventional buddy road movie and then becomes an odd mixture of horror, psychological thriller, and black comedy. It has an engagingly unpolished feel, the performances are generally good, and cinematographer Simon Dennis provides atmospheric digital video images of the Scottish landscape. Unfortunately, the screenwriters are only partially successful at piecing together the different parts of the story to form a coherent whole. Some of the characters are too self-consciously quirky and the story meanders aimlessly at times. Still, there are some entertaining moments, pleasing soundtrack tunes from the Pastels (who also appear in a party scene), an intriguing combination of supernatural mystery and goofy humor, and even a couple of scenes with emotional resonance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • UPC: 807839000931
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Tla
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alastair Mackenzie Charlie
Jonathan Phillips
David Hayman Ruaridh
Ewan Stewart Magnus
Victoria Smurfit Claire
Louise Irwin Morag
John Comerford
Sheila Donald Ellie
Jane Stenson Flora
Ford Kiernan Eric
Jonny Phillips Vincente
John Commerford Paul
Martin Bell William
Jack Marsden angry driver at service station
Claire Kerrigan waitress
Gerard Horan contract killer
William Harris contract killer
Stephen McRobbie house band member
Katrina Mitchell house band member
Eugene Kelly house band member
Bill Wells house band member
Tom Crossley house band member
Allison Mitchell house band member
Liz Dew house band member
Technical Credits
David Mackenzie Director
Gillian Berrie Producer
Robert Bourke Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Cull Co-producer
Simon Dennis Cinematographer
Laurence Gornall Executive Producer
David Greer Associate Producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen Executive Producer
Alastair Mackenzie Screenwriter
Steve McIntyre Executive Producer
Sisse Graum Olsen Co-producer
Pastels Score Composer
Angus Pigott Co-producer
Christopher Pigott Executive Producer
Jane Roberts Editor
Tom Sayer Production Designer
Michael Tait Screenwriter
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