Opens 7 September
Director: Jason Connery
2016/UK, USA/117min/Classified M

The history of the beloved game of golf is featured in this new film.

Set in Scotland in the mid 19th century, it follows the life and career of “Young” Tommy Morris – a golfing protege who is expected to follow in the footsteps of his father. His father being the legendary “Old Tom”, greenkeeper of St Andrews.

Old Tom is already a multiple winner of the golf’s first major tournament The Open Championship – but Young Tommy becomes not only the youngest player to win, but also the first to win it three times.

Based on the lives of real people, this biographical tale is one for everyone, not just golf aficionados. Young Tommy still holds the record for being the youngest winner and the pair are recognised as founders of the modern game of golf.

I found the most interesting aspect of this film to be the representation of the class structure that existed in the 1860s and 1870s of Scotland. Despite his prodigious talent and winning streak, Tommy is not the beneficiary of the winnings, he is also not a member of the Golf Club and thus not permitted entry into the building.
Those perks remained for the established upper classes who wagered on the outcomes of games and expected Tommy (and Old Tom) to caddy for them when it was their turn for a spell on the green. Whilst Old Tom defers to these conventions, it is Young Tommy who rebels against the system.

RATING: 3 out of 5
REVIEWED BY: Suzanne Worner (Reviewed September 8, 2017)

This film was directed by Jason Connery – son of Sean Connery and Diane Cilentro
Plays exclusively at Cinema Paradiso.