"Quite simply, the script was really well written. It was original
and it had a good heart; it was funny and he seemed to really
understand the characters. He's got a great eye for detail."
Actor Peter Mullan on what attracted him to play the lead in
'The Neighbours' (from a Scotland on Sunday article, 2nd May 2010).
McKay directs a great adaptation from scriptwriter Ronnie
Mackintosh and is well served by Mullan who is typically excellent in
the lead. Blending comedy and drama with aplomb, it’s a fine example of short filmmaking coming out of the UK."
Little White Lies - Independent Film Magazine
Gifts' is a beautiful short film directed by Brady Hood, written by
Ronnie Mackintosh and Exec. Produced by Joe Wright (director of Pride
and Prejudice, Atonement & The Soloist) it received a nomination for
best short film at the London East End Film Festival. We were lucky
enough to write the score."
Maryann and Michael Tedstone - ManikeMusic.com
shot and very moving! Great work!"
and moving - brilliant script Ronnie and great work to everyone involved!"
shot and excellent script!"
and beautifully captured."
Shooting People Film of the Month, July 2011
"A feel bad movie that will make some feel good.”
Filmmaker John Waters
Judge of Shooting People Film of the Month, July 2011
"Clever script, well made. Well done!"
Brendan O'Neill, Producer
"Wahay, Nice one Ronnie, and well done all involved."
Ben Ridolfi, Writer, Director, Producer
"Really great well crafted film!"
Kieri Kennedy, Actress
Shooting People Film of the Month, February, 2012
"This creepy, convincing film is about the anxiety of parenthood. It's unpredictable and tart, full of feeling and has great performances."
Judge of Shooting People Film of the Month, February, 2012
"Great production. Great cast. Great script."
"Hilarious! Grabs you from the beginning."
"Wow, that was really good."
Comments on the Virgin Media Shorts Site
"... a brilliantly written and impressive script ..."
National Theatre of Scotland
“I really enjoyed reading the script - lovely writing. The characterisation felt very truthful and gave the piece both dark humour and power.”
BBC Radio Drama Producer
“Multiple Choice is quite
Jacqueline McLaren, award winning
American playwright and audience member
"A fantastic evening - this deserves the oxygen of much wider publicity."
Lindsay Roy, MP
Vice Chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee
and audience member at The Byre
“I laughed and I very nearly cried.
First night nerves should not detract from this very powerful piece. Great
“Simply staged, thought provoking
tales that will stay with you long after the performance.”
audience tears and laughter were testament to the strength of the writing and
performances. The simple staging ensures the audience focus on the individual
but intertwined stories of the 5 characters. These are 'real' people with
'real' stories that accurately portray the the very different impact that drugs
has on every level of society, whether users or not ! Absolutely Brilliant !!”
Mackintosh's 'in yer face' script hit home the realities of drug-taking and the
effects this has on families and those 'left behind'. Fantastic direction by
John Yule - stripped down, raw performances which worked fantastically well in
this intimate venue. Strong, charismatic performances from the cast, in
particular from Tav McDougall and Susan Coyle. A definite must-see.”
Some of the audience
comments on the Official
Edin Festivals and Edin Festival Fringe websites
“ ... this is an astonishing list of films and talent and we are thrilled to be working with them all. Our job is simply to move them forwards and connect them to the industry so watch this space: these are people and projects you’re going to be hearing more about."
Kate Leys, Story Editor and Project Director of the NETWORK development
progamme 2012, for which Ronnie was selected (www.eiffnetwork.com)
"Scripts that have come this far have shown a high techical ability, a strong story, vivid characterisation, have startled and surprised me in some way, and have proved memorable over the life of the contest. I would be happy to recommend any of the writers on this list as having genuine talent and strong commercial potential."
Philip Gladwin, Writer, Editor and Founder of Screenwriting Goldmine commenting on
the semi-finalists in their 2012 competition, which included Ronnie's script, Contact
"... for the directors out there, this man is a seriously talented screenwriter and great to work with."
"Ronnie Mackintosh wrote
Plagium; a man that I have the utmost respect for, and who also wrote my
first film Small Gifts. He presented me with this script and I
instantly fell in love with it. I knew I had to direct this as it
connected with me on a number of levels."
Brady Hood, Director
writing in Shooting People's Finalist blog page
“ 'Just Cause' is a well-structured, well thought out crime thriller with
some nice, surprising twists ... From the beginning, the suspense is there, and the reader is kept on the
edge of his seat to find out what happens next ... The overall plot is constructed solidly; it moves along at a good pace
and the different storylines intersect nicely and are resolved well at the end
of the story ... The dialogue is exceptionally well-written; it conveys just the right
amount of information so that the reader knows what’s going on without being
long-winded or overly explanatory. Similarly, the overall writing style is very
to-the-point and clear, painting a precise picture of every scene and what it
accomplishes in the greater scheme of the plot."
Excerpts from a readers report on 'Just Cause'
submitted to the 2013 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
“I studied the Screenwriting Masters with Ronnie at Edinburgh Napier University, and have known him as both a friend and fellow writer ever since. Ronnie brings professionalism, integrity, creativity and assured writing skills to his work as a screenwriter, and he is both destined for and deserves great success in the industry.”
Laura Anderson, Writer
"As well as being a skilled storyteller, making each script engaging and easy to read (no mean feat, and a skill overlooked by some writers), Ronnie's work manages to combine multiple ideas; beauty, sadness, humour, hope, in delicate and fragile ways that I personally aspire to emulate. Plus he's a thoroughly decent bloke."
James Page, Editor
"I was constantly impressed with
the bagful of ideas that Ronnie always seemed to have at his disposal, but also
at the tenacity he displayed when it came to getting them made … he is a
screenwriter of great versatility who always delivers, and I have no hesitation
in recommending him."
Programme Leader, MA Film, MFA Advanced Film Practice
Screen Academy Scotland
"Ronnie has been one of the shining stars of these
courses … I do think that Ronnie is a real writer and displays, it seems to me,
the curiosity and hunger to learn that suggests he has a real future as well
as, of course, no small measure of talent."
Screenwriter and Programme Leader MA