I was inspired to write this blog on discovering that Randall Wallace is planning a movie that involves such figures as Aleister Crowely and Houdini as im researching these very subjects while in California just now this seems too much of a synchronicity to go without comment and to place in the context of my life experiences up to now.
Ive never been much of a Joiner but in 1991 i became part of a group f people based in Glasgow Scotland known as the “Wallace Clan Trust for scotland” founded by one Seoras Wallace , dedicated to the prervation and creation of ” Living history” of the Scots people Lowland or Highland , William Wallace was the chosen symbol of that idea unity what i think we all agreed on was the need for a more authentic historically well researched basis for recreating history than the Sir walter Scott inspired queen Victoria Balmoral Disneyland ” shortbread tin and haggis ” version of highland clan history foisted on tourists that everywhere seems to replace real Scots heritage. we used this hard won historical knowledge in battle reneactments and potrayels of our ancestors day to day way of life to give historical colour and credence to many varied tv and movie projects as well as displays in the community schools etc.
In 1994 around the time we were taking part in a medium budget British movie from Cromwell films called ” chasing the deer” we were approached by Hollywood movie screenwriter Randall Wallace who having visted the Wallace monument on a previous trip to Scotland had been amazed and inspired by the great scottish hero with whom shared his family name.
It was my first ever meeting with a Californian and i loved Randalls positive sunny attitude to life wich was really something quite unusual and refreshing to us more cynically humored Glaswegians personally only met him on his second visit the first time he had ironed out some details on on his coming Script for braveheart with members of The WTC . this time, also astonishingly our meeting included lunch at the ” Gardeners Arms” close to the mysteriously named ” Sunny Govan” Bought and paid for by Mr Mel Gibson there to see us do our Highland combat we ended up being in the front line at Stirling and Falkirk as Wallaces own Clansmen also present was , the sadly missed Tam Sanders the movies Designer of the forts etc, he also Designed bram stokers Dracula with gary Oldman and id live to imagine he would have designed Randall new project on the “Arcanum” who as began to write this i learned passed away in June this year , i well remember singing ” Spancil hill “for him were he independendly visited our Campfire on set of Chasing the deer , because the last line mentions his California home i actually asked if i could work as a researcher but ” they already had a girl doing that” so as for injecting more historical accuracy into Braveheart it wasnt for want of trying. also another freind Randall brought with him was Alan Ladd Junior and i remember being Impressed by how tall he was he produced braveheart and Also one of my Favourite movies Bladerunner , after our star studdied lunch in Glasgows south side , i said to Randall how much this movie being made meant to me as the only knoweledge i had William Wallace from My Grandmother his name never being mentioned in School though Robert the Bruce was , he gave me huge Bear Hug and said ” well, were gonna t to change all that ” on returning from making the movie i visited Mitchell library and it was full of school parties with Kids wanting to research William Wallace , so i witnessed the truth of what randall prophecied!
Braveheart may not be Well researched as far historical timelines go ” The Princess ” in the movie being in fact only 12 and still in France , its definetly an example of the the Hollywood adage ” dont let the truth get in the way of a good story ” but it gave me taste of how the movie business works and how much involved a Graphic novel seems far easier to accomplish so im now working on one of those , we had a go at a Braveheart one with more historical accuracy, for a month or so now ive begun Researching and Writing a Graphic Novel with Artist collaborator Shaun Durham on none other than Alisteir Crowely at moment have the working title ” shoot the messenger ” for i believe strongly thst this remarkable man as been most wrongly maligned and this work seeks to adress this with hopfully a lot of humour and also not being obbsesed with his magical practices which is only part of what he was about. a lot of the research ive continued while on holiday here with my American wife Leticia in San Diego Baja california and i already knew before coming here that Crowley had Connections to this very City!