Dave Broom to film whisky documentary

Spirits writer Dave Broom has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a road trip documentary, exploring the untold story of whisky and Scottish culture.

Glaswegian writer Dave Broom, in collaboration with The Gannet magazine and video agency blueprint.tv, is aiming to raise £40,000 by April 7th.

The documentary, The Amber Light, will highlight the lesser known parts of Scottish culture and history through the lens of whisky, with personalities from art, music, literature and food. 

Dave Broom, who has been writing about spirits for 25 years, will travel the length and breadth of Scotland talking to innovators and thinkers in the whisky world.

The film will explore the unsung role of women in distilling and blending over the centuries, the influence of alchemists, medicine men and botanists, and the evolution of spirits from medicine to social lubricants.

The documentary will also look at the temperance movement, smugglers, Dante’s inferno, and the use of unexpected ingredients in whisky’s development, such as saffron. 

Filming will take place over the summer with screenings of the documentary in November and the premiere of the finished film expected in January 2019.