An Drochaid / The Bridge Rising

BBC ALBA, Creative Scotland, Screen Hi, Simple Films and NOBL co-production

  • An Drochaid / The Bridge Rising on location shot
  • An Drochaid / The Bridge Rising on location shot
  • An Drochaid / The Bridge Rising shoot

An Drochaid / The Bridge Rising is a documentary feature film telling the story of the Skye Bridge tolls, Scotland’s first PFI scheme. An epic feel-good story of a modern rebellion. With a nod to Ealing Comedy, Scottish islanders take on the Government and Bank of America – and win. ‘The Bridge Rising’ unpacks the twists and turns of the 10-year battle against the UK’s first Private Finance Initiative: the Skye Bridge tolls.

A Scotland/Canada co-production supported by Creative Scotland

Broadcast on BBC ALBA, premiered at the first ever joint Glasgow Film Festival / Celtic Connections screening, toured in over 30 cinemas across Scotland. Please get in touch about community screenings.

Canada’s award-winning Scott Macmillan composed the soundtrack and arranged traditional tunes for the film. The film’s soundtrack, An Drochaid, is available as a CD or for download.

‘A cleverly-constructed documentary… laced with twinkly-eyed islander mischief, derived from Ealing comedy’. Sunday Herald

‘The Bridge Rising is a revealing bittersweet documentary about one of the longest-running uprisings in modern Scottish history’. Third Force News

‘If you like humour, rebellion, mischief or social conscience you will enjoy this’. Lesley Riddoch, columnist and broadcaster

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