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The Macallan, The spirit of 1926

For The MacallanThe Leith Agency and Filming Scotland.

Below, The Macallan, ‘The spirit of 1926’.

The spirit of 1926

Working alongside a truly magnificent team, hosted by The Macallan, Leith Agency and Filming Scotland; Pickled supported The Spirit of 1926 film as a post-production side arm, providing pre, production and post support.

Visiting the highlands of Scotland and working alongside director Mike Newell (Four Weddings & A Funeral) and his team provided an intermate film making master-class. Pickled had the pleasure of providing post production consultation, VFX and online finishing – aiding the productions transformation, back in time to 1920’s Highlands of Scotland.



The conform and VFX were performed in Autodesk’s Flame, alongside our supporting Foundry Nuke team. Working closely with Head of Production; Roisin Kelly, the concept and iterations of the creative pipeline were meticulously reviewed throughout the films evolution, with post-production playing an integral role, keeping true to the 1920’s era.

The Story, 'Nettie'

The film is based on real events. In 1926 Nettie Harbinson crafted what would become the most valuable bottle of wine or spirit ever sold at auction.

Nettie’s story enticed many creative collaborations, from lead actress Emily Mortimer, film director Mike Newell, and script writer Allan Schiach (AKA, Allan Scott), who was the Managing Director of The Macallan for 18 years and his great aunt was Nettie Herself.

The soundtrack was provided by Simple Minds, and costumes are by fashion designer Christopher Kane.

In 2019 The Macallan 1926 broke the world record for most valuable single bottle of wine or spirit ever sold at auction.


The Macallan: Global Creative Director: Jaume Ferras / Head of Global Content: Sharon Gibson / Writer: Allan Scott / Head of Production: Roisin Kelly

The Leith Agency / Filming Scotland: Director: Mike Newell / Producer: Dave Neilson / Cinematographer: Michael Coulter B.S.C / Production Designer: Andrew Sanders / Nettie’s costumes by: Christopher Kane/ Costume: Mark Bouman / Gaffer: Chuck Finch / Grip: Tim Critchell / Hair & Makeup: Anita Anderson

Editor: Paul Tothill Post: Pickled. / Colourist: Matt Turner/ Sound House: Lipsync / Original music by: Simple Minds

Starring Emily Mortimer, Richard Conlon, and Bill Paterson.

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