Mary Queen of Scots, December 7, 2018

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Mary Queen of Scots is a retelling of the turbulent life of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), based on the book “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart” by Dr. John Guy. Queen of France at 16 and widowed when she was barely 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, Mary has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), who rules as England’s Queen. Contrary to earlier accounts, and based on Dr. John Guy’s research, we see Mary as a capable politician and leader who wanted an alliance with her cousin Elizabeth. Mary fights to govern her unruly kingdom at a time when female monarchs are reviled as monstrous. To secure their thrones, the two Queens make very different choices about marriage and children. Mary’s reputation is under continual attack from her enemies, who construct lies about her sexual conduct. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens–driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.

Filmed in the United Kingdom, the Mary Queen of Scots production team implemented a sustainability program to reduce their environmental impacts throughout filming. In addition to setting up a comprehensive recycling program in their offices and on set, the office purchased 100% recycled content paper and used electronic distribution for a significant amount of their paperwork. Many office and construction materials were passed onto them from the Universal Pictures’ film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Reusable water bottles were distributed to crew at the start of production, which helped reduce the amount of plastic water bottles to less than 900 bottles for the entirety of production. The Sound Department used nearly all 99.9% rechargeable batteries throughout the entire film, providing cost savings and avoiding the use of hundreds of single use batteries.

To support the community and keep items from going into the landfill, Mary Queen of Scots found opportunities to donate materials locally. The Props Department donated 10 boxes of props and furniture to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Production donated historical research books, clothing, and shoes to the Sam Beare Hospice shop, and any non-perishable food from the film was donated to Runnymede Foodbank. The film’s director, Josie Rourke, donated 112 trees to Trees for Life on behalf of the cast and crew, to be planted in the Scottish Highlands, one of the filming locations in the movie. Mary Queen of Scots received a 2018 EMA Gold Seal for their behind-the-scenes environmental efforts.