Scotland Independence: Film Biz Weighs Options of Break From London

It’s been 20 years since the shooting of “Braveheart,” when Mel Gibson, playing Scottish warrior William Wallace, cried, “Freedom!,” articulating the desire among many Scots for independence. On Sept. 18, they will get their chance, as they vote on whether to break from the United Kingdom and establish their own country, with polls suggesting it could go either way.

Speaking to Variety in May, Creative Scotland chief Janet Archer — who oversees state support for film — claimed that independence would make little difference to the movie industry as control of culture was handed to the Scottish government several years ago. But most film producers are unhappy with the status quo, and the consensus seems to be that independence would help.