National Galleries of Scotland release new short film starring Outlander star Graham McTavish
2024/04/01

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Scottish film star Graham McTavish takes a deep dive into the captivating world of William McTaggart's painting, "The Sailing of the Emigrant Ship," in the latest film in the Perspectives series by the National Galleries of Scotland. Released on February 6, the Outlander actor explores how the painting connects with his own personal experiences of emigration and shares his research into the journey of Scots to New Zealand during the Highland Clearances.

McTavish, along with his Outlander co-star Sam Heughan, recently published a book called Clanlands in New Zealand: Kiwis, Kilts, and an Adventure Down Under, which documents their thrilling exploration of New Zealand.

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During a visit to the new Scottish galleries at the National in Edinburgh, McTavish becomes captivated by McTaggart's work and its profound depiction of the moments captured in his paintings.

In the Perspectives film, McTavish engages in a discussion about the painting with Robin Baillie, the National Galleries of Scotland's Outreach Co-ordinator, where he passionately shares his research and insights. McTavish mentions that while Outlander may have romanticized these landscapes to some extent, it is crucial to remember the historical significance of the challenges faced by the Scottish emigrants.

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He reflects on the courage and resilience required for individuals to embark on such journeys, leaving their homes with the knowledge that they might never return. McTavish also contemplates his own experiences of emigration and the mixture of emotions that come with leaving behind loved ones and familiar places.

Throughout his travels and encounters with Scots around the world, McTavish has observed a strong pride in their heritage. He feels fortunate to always have Scotland as a place to return to and describes a deep sense of relief and belonging when he sets foot in his birth country.

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