Article Source: Runrig
First Published: 1 July 2021 15:31
Updated: 1 July 2021 15:31
With unprecedented access to the band’s personal archives the film is the definitive story of one of Scotland’s most popular and iconic bands.
The 100-minute music documentary is available to preorder from Cherry Red Records. A deluxe coffee table book edition includes a standard and Blu-ray DVD version of the feature-length documentary together with a wealth of exclusive photographs. Fans can also preorder limited editions of There Must Be A Place T-Shirt, film print and postcards.
European fans can preorder the film from Sony Music Entertainment Germany in DVD format, Blu-ray and a limited edition boxset.
Runrig’s story is an emotional tale of ups and downs, twists and turns, tears of joy and heartbreak. From humble beginnings as a ceilidh band started by two brothers and a friend from the Isle of Skye in 1973, they grew to become one of Scotland’s best-loved groups, selling out concerts across the world, from the dance halls of the Scottish Highlands and Islands to New York’s Times Square.
With lead singer Donnie Munro (1975 - 1997) they went from a young band chasing a dream to signing a major record deal with Chrysalis Records, and playing an iconic gig at Loch Lomond in 1991 in front of 50,000 fans.
After Donnie left to pursue a career in politics, the band could have crumbled, but instead, an exhaustive search for a new singer led to the chance discovery of Bruce Guthro (1998 - 2018). Bruce extended the life of the band by twenty years, leading to chart success and European tours.
Runrig’s journey ended in 2018 with two emotional farewell concerts under Stirling’s historic castle, where 50,000 fans sang, cried and danced out their memories.
Runrig founding member Calum MacDonald: “This documentary has been many years in the making, and in it's making; it has at times, mirrored the very narrative portrayed on film. 45 years is a big canvas to cover and from our Last Dance concerts in 2018, through to the realities and challenges of the global pandemic, Blazing Griffin has worked resolutely to bring this film to a place of completion and excellence.”
Rory Macdonald, Runrig: “It is a privilege to have our story documented in this manner. The narrative is well observed and the film sequences are compelling. We thank director Jack Cocker and the whole BG team for such a sympathetic and insightful critique of our career in music.”
Produced by BAFTA award-wining digital entertainment company Blazing Griffin the film is credited with 54 songs, including rousing renditions of ‘Loch Lomond’ and ‘Hearts of Olden Glory’, capturing the close emotional connection between the band and their loyal fans.
Steven Little, Producer: “It’s been an absolute honour to make this heartfelt documentary. The band members trusted us with their most prized possessions, including an incredible collection of private images, packed with personal stories, triumphs and unforgettable moments. We are thrilled with the finished film and can’t wait to hear what Runrig’s fans worldwide have to say. I’m sure they’re going to love it.”
Jack Cocker, Director: “Runrig have always been ‘Scotland’s house band’. After all, no Scottish wedding is complete until we’ve all danced our socks off to Loch Lomond! Over their long career, Runrig helped Scotland see itself differently, more confidently, and not only that - they took our culture and shared it with the world. I hope that in telling their story, we can maybe turn a few new people on to what a brilliant band they are.”
David Smith, Director of Screen at Screen Scotland said: “The film’s talented creative team have created an incredible tribute to Runrig and the significant cultural contribution they have made over the last 40 years, both in Scotland and promoting Scottish music and Gaelic culture across the world.”
There Must Be A Place is directed by Jack Cocker and produced by Steven Little. Executive Producers include Naysun Alae-Carew, Blazing Griffin, Mark Thomas, Helen Searle and Judi Hollings. Picture and post production is by Blazing Griffin Post, John Cobban, Dubbing Mixer, and Jon Bruce, Colourist.
Blazing Griffin filmed and produced Runrig’s 3-hour concert film ‘The Last Dance’ which captures the band’s farewell sell-out concerts at Stirling Castle in August 2018.
As the buzz of the official opening of St James Quarter continues, St James Quarter has provided a rare insight into life behind the scenes.
The Scottish artist will paint two new works celebrating iconic species from Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park to raise money for the wildlife conservation charity.
From today until midnight on Wednesday 29th September, music fans can vote for their favourite Scottish album on this year’s Longlist at The SAY Award.
Today, 24th September, St James Quarter is proud to announce its partnership with two Edinburgh charities, Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids and Deaf Action.
Rosemary Laird is in the midst of a personal grand tour of Scotland, with the aim of visiting 61 iconic Scottish landmarks and locations on an epic fundraiser for the National Trust for Scotland.
Light Waves is a multilingual short film by Historic Environment Scotland which showcases Scotland’s coasts and waters and its links to Gaelic and Scots culture.
Renowned Edinburgh tea blenders, PekoeTea will open a new Tea Studio this Friday, 24th September, which will provide a world-class venue for bespoke tea tasting and blending sessions.
Edinburgh Zoo is calling for artist submissions for its Giraffe About Town sculpture trail, set to transform the streets of the capital in summer 2022.
Conifox Adventure Park in Edinburgh is preparing to welcome back fun seekers with an even bigger and better offering that will quadruple business and boost local employment.
Lothian’s first ever sloth bus will take to the streets this week in partnership with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo.
007 finally returns to the big screen for 'No Time To Die' and shows begin from a minute past midnight at Vue Edinburgh Ocean and Omni – with tickets available now.
Underbelly, the producers of Edinburgh’s Christmas on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, have officially submitted planning applications for the Capital’s 2021 Winter Festival.
An endangered red panda kit born at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo in July has been given her first health check and named Ruby.
Scotland's national music prize, the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award, has officially announced the twenty outstanding Scottish albums which have made it onto this year's coveted Longlist!
Iain Young, Head Chef at Care UK’s Murrayside, off Corstophine Road, has been named as a finalist in the National Association of Care Catering’s ‘Care Chef of the Year’ competition.
We are excited to let you know that BBC Scotland's Debate Night is welcoming audiences back into the studio for their third series and are looking for people from across Scotland to join them!
John Lewis Edinburgh has been announced as the first sculpture sponsor of Giraffe About Town, a large-scale public art event taking to the streets of Edinburgh in Summer 2022 in support of RZSS.
A local Edinburgh bagpiper has been moving care home residents to tears with nostalgic melodies!
Consumers across Scotland are being urged to only buy pre-loved clothing for 30 days or more in order to tackle a throwaway culture that Oxfam Scotland says is making climate change worse.
Local businesses, artists, and makers are invited to share sustainability hacks at The Leith Collective’s ‘Let’s Talk Waste’ event on 23rd September.
Edinburgh’s World of Football Marine Drive to remain, plus additional sports facilities in discussion.
For the first time ever the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is hosting a family friendly Halloween trail at Edinburgh Zoo.
Love Seafood has rounded up some of the best Edinburgh restaurants where locals can tuck into tempting white fish which will have you coming back for more.
The Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival welcomes film fans to its 8th Edition. The festival is delighted to be back in the cinema and offer audiences a new hybrid event of in-person and online.
Scotland’s only sloths have been revealed for the first time at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo today, Monday 13 September.
Scotland’s dazzling lighting trail Wondrous Woods is proud to announce its charity partner for 2021 is the inspirational cancer support organisation Maggie’s.
Tickets for the long-awaited new James Bond spectacular, No Time To Die, are on sale today (13th September) at Vue sites in Edinburgh.
We're delighted to announce the appointment of Lynne Halfpenny as Imaginate's new Chair of the Board of Trustees.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has received a koala-tea £8,394 donation, raised by guests of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh’s limited edition Edinburgh Zoo Afternoon Tea.
St Andrews Takeaway in Portobello teams up with Love Seafood and community group, Keep Porty Tidy, to help combat beach plastic pollution by offering free portions of fish and chips on 4th September.