Sunset Song (film)

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Sunset Song
Sunset Song (film) POSTER.jpg
Film poster
Directed byTerence Davies
Produced bySol Papadopolous
Roy Boulter
Nicolas Steil
Screenplay byTerence Davies
Based onSunset Song
by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
StarringAgyness Deyn
Peter Mullan
Kevin Guthrie
Music byGast Waltzing
CinematographyMichael McDonough
Edited byDavid Charap
Release date
  • 13 September 2015 (2015-09-13) (TIFF)
  • 4 December 2015 (2015-12-04) (UK)
Running time
135 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Sunset Song is a 2015 British drama film directed by Terence Davies and starring Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, and Kevin Guthrie. It is an adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's novel of the same name.

It was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United Kingdom on 4 December 2015.[1] The film centres around Chris Guthrie, the daughter of a Scottish farmer in the early 1900s.[2]


The film tells the story of an Aberdeenshire farm girl Chris Guthrie (Agyness Deyn). Chris is a sensitive writer and extremely good at school, particularly in languages. She lives with her domineering and abusive father, her warm and kind mother, her brother, and two younger siblings. After her father rapes her mother, resulting in the birth of twins, the family moves to a larger home in Kindraddie. While there Chris begins to study at college to become a teacher.

One day Chris's mother warns her of the horror of being raped and shortly after commits suicide, poisoning both herself and her twin newborns. Chris quits her studies and she and her brother commit to helping their father on the farm, while their two younger siblings go to live with their childless aunt and uncle. Chris's brother Will warns her not to let her father run her down the way he did with their mother and tells her his hope of running off to Canada.

Will does eventually leave, though for Aberdeen, though not before briefly introducing her to his friend, fellow farmer Ewan Tavendale.

Chris's father John eventually suffers a debilitating stroke putting the care of the farm entirely on Chris, especially after she learns that her brother has married and sailed for Argentina with his new bride. He also tries to rape Chris, though because of his physical condition he is unable to. He dies shortly afterwards leaving all his property and money to Chris. Rather than sell off his possessions she decides to stay on the farm. Very quickly afterwards she and Ewan fall in love and decide to get married and Chris is relieved that she will be able to stay in Kindraddie.

Chris and Ewan have a loving marriage and she gives birth to a son, Ewan Jr, just as the start of World War I. Ewan at first refuses to enlist, but knowing that conscription will soon be passed he eventually decides to go to war. Ewan comes back on leave a changed man. Violent and abrasive he rapes Chris and the two part on bad terms. Chris eventually receives mail informing her that Ewan is dead. She learns from her friend Chae that Ewan was executed as a deserter because he tried to return home to see Chris, devastated that he never got to kiss her goodbye the last time he saw her.



The film features Peter Mullan and Kevin Guthrie, and was shot in New Zealand, Luxembourg and Scotland. It was produced by Iris Productions, SellOut Pictures and Hurricane Films and backed by BFI, Creative Scotland, BBC Scotland and Luxembourg Film Fund.[3]


The official trailer was released as an exclusive with The Guardian on 10 November 2015.[4]


  1. ^ "Sunset Song: Cinema Screenings & Ticket Booking - The Official Showtimes Destination". Search for screenings / showtimes and book tickets for Sunset Song. See the release date and trailer. The Official Showtimes Destination brought to you by SHOWTIMES PLATFORM - POWSTER LTD. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'". ScreenDaily. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Sunset Song world premiere Toronto Film Festival TIFF 15". Hurricane Films. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. ^ Other, Source:. "Sunset Song: watch the exclusive trailer for the first world war tragedy starring Agyness Deyn - video". the Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2015.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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