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  • Director

    John Mackenzie

  • Starring

    David Hayman, Jake D'Arcy, Sean Scanlan

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    95 mins

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  • Country of Origin


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  • Editor: Alan Macmillan

  • Produced by: Jeremy Isaacs

  • Music: Rory Gallagher, Frankie Miller

  • Screenplay by: Peter McDougall

  • Production Designer: Jeff Nixon

Director Bio

John Mackenzie

P&I - Director Bio

John Mackenzie (1928-2011) was a Scottish film director. He began his career as an assistant director to Ken Loach. He later took on directing and went on to work on many projects such as The Long Good Friday (1980) and A Sense of Freedom (1979).

A Sense of Freedom

Part of the Retrospective: The Future Is History Strand


The story of Jimmy Boyle (David Hayman) - one of Scotland’s most notorious criminals. In the late 1970s the rights to John Mackenzie’s A Sense of Freedom were acquired from STV by HandMade Films. The film was then cropped and re-dubbed in the hope of a more universal theatrical release. This inferior cut then became the only available version, and this remained the case until 2015, when the original was finally unearthed. In 2017, EIFF will reclaim the original Scottish version of Mackenzie’s classic for a film festival audience.

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