Highland Park releases short film with actor Gwendoline Christie

Highland Park releases short film with actor Gwendoline Christie

Game of Thrones star Christie partnered with the distillery on Orkney Stories, a film about its island home released to mark its 225th anniversary

News | 05 Oct 2023

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Highland Park is launching a collaborative short film with British actor Gwendoline Christie about the Orkney islands as part of its 225th anniversary celebrations.


The film, named Orkney Stories, will see Christie – best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO series Game of Thrones – explore the archipelago's history and nature, and the Scotch whisky brand's place within it. 


She will be taken behind the scenes at Highland Park to learn more about how its whiskies are made, as well as taking in the landscape of Hobbister Moor, where the distillery harvests its peat. 


The launch of the documentary-style film will form part of Highland Park's celebrations for its 225th anniversary, which have also included the release of a limited-edition 54-year-old single malt whisky.

Gwendoline Christie at Highland Park Distillery while filming for Orkney Stories. Credit: Annabel Elston

Christie said: “Orkney has a stunning landscape, which I’ve been able to explore first hand to see how the environment and communities influence the heritage, flavour, and spirit of Highland Park whisky. I have always drawn inspiration from my surroundings, and I loved delving into how Highland Park too is deeply shaped by the setting of its Orkney home.”


Paul Condron, global brand director at Highland Park, said: “We invited Gwendoline Christie to experience the magic of our Orkney Island home to celebrate our 225th anniversary year. Through the eyes of Gwendoline, we show our special relationship with the islands and what makes our whisky so distinctive.” 


Orkney Stories is live from 5 October to watch on Highland Park’s social media platforms, on its YouTube channel, and at highlandparkwhisky.com.

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