AN award-winning film about the Viking invasion of central Scotland will have its UK premiere in a Glasgow church.

Govan Old Church – home of the Govan Stones – has been chosen because the ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde had its spiritual centre in Govan.

Govan Young, a 30-minute documentary, follows a class of local schoolchildren as they embark on a journey to find the lost kingdom of Strathclyde. They encounter kings and Vikings as they as they learn about where they live, where they come from, and who they are.

The film, which comes to Govan on September 29, has already been a success on the international film festival circuit. In April it had its world premiere at the ninth Lucknow International Children’s Film festival in India, the largest children’s film festival in the world. It has also been screened at festivals in Malta, Greece, and South Korea, picking up awards in the latter two. The film will be shown at another four festivals next month alone – two in the US, one in Canada and one in Greece.

Featuring Govanite Iain Robertson, who stars in River City, it was funded by the University of Glasgow’s Chancellor’s Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.

Co-director and co-producer Dr David Archibald, of the university’s school of culture and creative arts, said: “We’re delighted the film has been received warmly on the international festival circuit. But the biggest test will be the Govan audience.”

The one-off screening in Govan is part of Explorathon 2017. See