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King’s Hill Gin promo film

By - Richard - 12th August 2020

We were approached by Edinburgh-based King’s Hill Gin to produce a short promotional film to help launch the design of their new gin bottle.

The gin is produced with botanicals procured from the Pentland Hills to the south of Edinburgh.

Filming took place in the Pentlands, at the company’s gin distillery and close-up product shots were filmed in our own studio.

The story behind King’s Hill gin is interesting.

The name of the gin takes inspiration from a brave gamble long ago between King Robert the Bruce and Sir William ‘The Crusader’ Sinclair, deep in the Pentland hills.

King Robert and Sir William were in the area tracking a rare white stag. The King staked his Pentland estate against the life of Sir William that he would be first to capture this magnificent beast.

Sir William, with the help of his trusty hounds, Help and Hold, won the bet. In return, The Crusader named the spot where King Robert stood “King’s Hill”. The hill is the third shot in the promo film above.

Drawing on this rich history, King’s Hill Gin has captured the essence of the area – bold, beautiful and bloody marvellous.

Founded in 2017, King’s Hill Gin is the first spirit from The Pentland Still.

About the Author

Richard Nicholls - Managing Director

Before launching Swift Films, Richard worked as a broadcast TV director and editor, working on programmes for the BBC, ITV and Sky.

A multi-skilled and technically-minded filmmaker, Richard is equally at home coming up with creative concepts as he is on location filming or pulling footage together in the edit suite.

Richard is a member of Independent Producers Scotland and has a love of cats, football, chocolate and Film Noir (in that order).