“Stop the world, Scotland wants to get on” were the words of prominent SNP politician, Winnie Ewing on the 2nd November 1967, when she won the sensational watershed Hamilton by-election, snatching one of the safest Labour seats in Scotland and transformed the political landscape forever.

Madame Ecosse is an intimate but hard-hitting film about Winnie Ewing which reveals exclusive footage of Winnie pre-Hamilton era and her unseen personal photographic archive.

As she enters her 80th year, Winnie’s sheer charisma is undiminished and this Grand Dame of Scottish politcs is as sharp as ever. With contributions in the documentary from Alex Salmond, Ian Paisley, Tam Dalyell, Michael Russell, Brian Wilson, Angus Brendan MacNeil, Alasdair Allan and Fergus Ewing, the film explores her life and work and tells the story of a fast moving era during which her country and her life changed completely.

After five decades in politics spent in three parliaments, Westminster, Europe where she earned her nickname Madame Ecosse and the Scottish Parliament, Winnie has been hailed as a nationalist heroine who is loved by some and loathed by others.

So how did this lawyer become the Grand Dame of Scottish politics and why are we still coming to terms with the effects of her win at Hamilton?

Produced & Directed by: Ishbel MacIver
Producer: Morag Stewart
Assistant Producer: Gerry Callaghan
Editor: Mel Hamilton