Restless Natives

Director: Michael Hoffman
Screenwriters: Ninian Dunnett

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


Restless Natives is an inspiring and uplifting comedy concerning the antics of two “underemployed” Scots, Ronnie and Will, who live in the majestic city of Edinburgh. Ronnie (Vincent Friell) has no family and lives in a cluttered bed-sitting room with only a hamster for company. He earns a meager living working in a small Edinburgh joke shop. Will (Joe Mullaney) still lives at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bryce, and his precocious 12-year-old sister Isla.

Tired of their impecunious existence and tempted by the untapped wealth of the international tourists who swarm through their city, Ronnie and Will hatch the marvelously irresponsible plot to achieve fame and fortune. Their escapades become the focus of world wide news attention and propels them into national folk hero status. It is a wildly funny ride along the way.

Screening Details

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