DRAMA | Mayflies - BBC Scotland, iPlayer & BBC One

The friendship that defines your life - and will push your loyalty to the limits. Life-affirming drama with a killer 80s soundtrack, starring Martin Compston and Tony Curran. BBC Scotland & iPlayer December 27th, BBC One December 28th.



Mayflies - BBC

Director: Peter Makie Burns

DOP: Alasdair Boyce

Set and filmed in Scotland, Mayflies is a co-commission with BBC Scotland in association with All3Media International with support from Screen Scotland. 

Everyone has a Tully Dawson (Tony Curran) - the friend who defines your life. In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, Jimmy (Martin Compston) and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth - a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain. There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has the worst kind of news, and a request that will test their friendship, love, and loyalty to the limit...

Mayflies is a memorial to youth's euphoria and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.

DOP Alasdair Boyce opted for Alexa Mini LF shooting 1:1 format and our Cooke S6 Anamorphic lenses de-squeezing horizontally to a glorious 2:1 widescreen aspect ratio. Mayflies was shot over 5 weeks in summer 2022 in Glasgow and surrounding areas.