It is a Scottish crime caper that was loved in Scotland and largely loathed by English film critics when it was released in 1985. But Restless Natives went on to become a much-loved classic with its comic story of two teenagers who become local heroes as highwaymen – Robin Hoods who rob tourists and give money to the poor. Over the years, A-list actors such as Jack Black, Gerard Butler and James McAvoy are among those who have declared it a favourite film.
Now Andy Paterson, Michael Hoffman and Ninian Dunnett – its respective producer, director and writer – are collaborating on a major stage musical version. In 1985, they were novice film-makers in their 20s when they faced the harshest response to their film.