Heart, Faith & Steel

Coming in 2020


Telling the story of an immortal Scottish warrior doomed to survive through the centuries while watching those he loves die around him, 1986’s Highlanderwas a British film that took the fantasy genre and infused it with a few thousand volts of energy from the rock video industry to create a timeless, genre-defying, classic. 


In Heart, Faith & Steel: The Making of Highlander, Jonathan Melville speaksto more than fiftycast and crew from the first film to piece together the last word on the production of the low budget film which became multi-million dollar franchise.


New interviews with director Russell Mulcahy, stars Christopher Lambert and Clancy Brown and dozens of technicians, costume designers, animators, and stunt arrangers shed light on a shoot that took the production team on a journey to London, Scotland and New York in early 1985. There’s also an in-depth look at the creation of Highlander’s soundtrack from rock legends Queen


Amusing, insightful and told with both brio and charm, this is afascinating insight into the creation of a cult classic, whichuncovers new stories and insights that even the most hardcore fan won’t have read before.


About the Author

Jonathan Melville is a freelance arts journalist whose first book, 2015’s Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, was called 'Informative, entertaining and, above all, a joy to read - 9/10' by Starburst, while Empire said 'This high-access tell-all...[is] an unexpected treat - 4/5'. He has contributed to The Guardian, The Scotsman, SFX and BBC Radio Scotland. He lives in Edinburgh. 

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