BAFTA winner and Golden Globe nominee Sam Neill joins the cast of Jason Connery’s Tommy’s Honour as Alexander Boothby, the Captain of the R&A.
Jason Connery directs this tale of triumph and tragedy from a screenplay by Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook, adapted from Cook’s acclaimed book of the same name, which won the United States Golf Association’s Book of the Year award in 2007.
Tommy’s Honour tells the story of Tom Morris’ relationship with his son Tommy, who showed a remarkable talent of his own and matched his father’s achievement with four Open wins (the first at the age of 17), managing the feat in consecutive championships. Although both father and son profited from their share of rich gamblers’ side bets on their matches, times were still hard and life for the Morris family in mid-Victorian Scotland brought its share of drama and tragedy to their story.
Commenting on Sam Neill joining the talented cast, director Connery said: “I am thrilled to have an actor of this calibre join our great cast. He brings another element to the film with his experience and captivating on screen persona. Production is off to a rousing start and we have captured some incredible images. I’m very excited to bring the story to the screen. It is a story that is truly close to my heart as I grew up with my father on a golf course, and I have a home an hour from St. Andrews. This is an extraordinary and intimate tale of love and family at the beginning of the great game of golf. This story has to be told!”
Tom Morris started his golfing life in his hometown of St Andrews, Scotland as a club and ball maker. Morris went on to found the “Open” Championship at Prestwick, on a course that he had designed, in 1860. He was runner-up that year, but set aside his initial disappointment with four subsequent wins as the burgeoning competition developed, and he became the oldest Open winner in 1867, at the age of 46. His son Tommy, the first touring professional, went on to surpass his father as a player. Both Tom Morris senior and junior have set records that still stand today and they have been recognized by induction into The World Golf Hall Of Fame