A Sense of Freedom

  • John MacKenzie /
  • UK /
  • 1979 /
  • 81 mins

David Anderson, Bill Armour, Bill Barclay, Martin Black, Jim Boyce, Monica Brady, David Hayman / Fiction / English

The story of Jimmy Boyle, Scotland’s most notorious criminal.

Mackenzie and McDougall collide one last time to unleash a violent, harrowing masterpiece of Scottish cinema. Everything about this brutal, uncompromising film is right. David Hayman is electric as Boyle, McDougall’s script is amongst his best, and Mackenzie (just prior to making The Long Good Friday) is on top form. Once seen, never forgotten: A Sense of Freedom easily ranks alongside the finest British thrillers of the 1970s and 80s.


In Focus: McDougall & MacKenzie

EIFF Programmer Niall Greig Fulton gives EIFFTV an insight into this year's Peter McDougall and John MacKenzie retrospective.

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