MUMBAI: The Sonoma International Film Festival, that runs from 11 to 15 April, will host the US premiere of Sir Billi, the first full-length animated feature produced entirely in Scotland.
Said festival director Kevin McNeely in a statement, "We are thrilled to host the U.S. premiere of Sir Billi featuring the powerfully dynamic voice of Sir Sean Connery."
The highlight of the film is that it has Sir Sean Connery doing the voice over of the title role, a skateboarding grandfather and veterinarian trying to save the last beaver in Scotland with the help of his goat Gordon voiced by Alan Cumming. Sascha Hartmann has directed the CGI project from a screenplay written by his wife Tessa Hartmann.
"Tessa and Sascha Hartmann have produced a highly entertaining, family oriented film that sizzles with fun, non-stop action and an awesome title track sung by Dame Shirley Bassey, which was composed by Sascha. Bring on the Scots!," added McNeely.
Averred Conneryin a reported message, ""I‘m excited to be a part of this incredible film and Scotland‘s first animated feature," said Connery. "Sir Billi is truly a first-class film, with an exceptional cast, and is sure to delight audiences of all ages. There‘s an incredible amount of work that goes into animated productions and I am delighted that Sascha and his team have completed what has been a labour of love."
Sir Billi will screen at the 1930s Renaissance-style Sebastiani Theatre April 13.