A wry, offbeat Scottish comedy-drama about the very real struggle facing refugees to find a safe place to call home.
Highland Brave is a story of our times. Join us on this journey to raise awareness of the harrowing story that millions of refugees experience fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria and Ukraine on their quest to find a new home.
A one in a million shot at finding a place called home. Follow Syrian champion arm-wrestler Mahmoud as he tries to outwit a racist police officer, avoid deportation and win at the World Highland Games. After escaping war and persecution, he stands to lose everything. The odds are stacked against him, can hope find a way?
Since graduating from film school writer-director, Stephen Mulhearn, has made two full-feature award-winning documentaries, TRANSCENDING THE STORM and ETERNITY’S SUNRISE. His goal as a filmmaker is to tell compelling stories that make a difference in the world.
‘If you, like me, have been heart-broken watching the plight of refugees over the last few years, trying to find a safe haven to call home, then Highland Brave is a feature film that we and the rest of the world need to see.’
This important film, which will be shot in 2023 is attracting internationally successful producers, talented actors and a growing following of people who, like us, want to see more films like this in the world.
This is a golden opportunity for all of us to champion a story and a cause that will bring more inclusion and hope to millions of people…
Welcome to Highland Brave!
The Oscar-nominated ORLANDO (1992), starring Tilda Swinton, marked Christopher’s debut as a feature film producer. This was followed by the BAFTA- nominated THE TANGO LESSON (1996) and THE MAN WHO CRIED (2000) starring Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and John Turturro. Christopher brings to Highland Brave years of film industry collaborations and success.
Barnet is a Canadian producer and filmmaker and produced the ground-breaking Oscar-winner WHAT DREAMS MAY COME starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Max von Sydow. Barnet’s decades of experience as a producer together with his proven track record in Hollywood, gives global wings to Highland Brave.
Sophie is the lynchpin in Scotland for the production coordination of Highland Brave and has been helping to drive it since its inception. She began producing short films and music videos whilst working in post-production at ‘Tiny Epic’ in London’s Soho. She then embarked on years of project management experience within the public sector, giving her transferable skills that she channels into film production.
As Brennan McAlister. Ewan Stewart is perhaps best known for playing First Officer Murdoch in James Cameron’s TITANIC (1997). Ewan Stewart was one of the European actors considered for the vacant role of James Bond. Ewan’s years of experience starring in international blockbusters brings a well-known talent to Highland Brave.
As Mahmoud Algeer. Andreas had his first taste of acting as a child, he then enjoyed performing with the National Youth Musical Theatre company. Andreas has experienced the unfortunate racial abuse often projected at ‘other’ which enabled him to find the voice of our hero.
As Cassidy Rossignol. Raven, in addition to being behind the camera working on production, will bring her decades of professional acting skills to Highland Brave. As a person of colour in the movie industry Raven Dauda was drawn to a feature film that brings awareness to the ‘just below the surface’ undercurrent of racism in the world.
Director of Photography. Alan is a double BAFTA-award winning cinematographer and has been collaborating with director Stephen Mulhearn since 2012. He’s also worked on multi-million-dollar productions such as OUTPOST 2. This award-winning cinematographer has a gift for bringing the magic to life.
A Poignant tale of our times and quirky love-poem to Scotland.