SAN DIEGO – Jason Connery knows his way around a golf course.
But, despite having enjoyed the game since his youth, the son of Hollywood legend Sean Connery freely admits that golf is “quite a polarizing game.” Many love it, but many others are immune to its charms.
Fortunately for Connery, the same doesn’t appear to be true of his latest directorial effort, “Tommy’s Honour,” which was released in theaters April 14.
Set in Scotland in the latter half of the 19th century, Connery said, the film tells the true story of “Old Tom” Morris, recognized as “the founding father of golf,” and his son, “Young Tommy” Morris, “a trailblazer” who became the sport’s first touring professional.
In an April 6 telephone interview, Connery told The Southern Cross that even those outside the golfing community have expressed “a lot of appreciation of the film.”
The reason might be that, while the dawn of golf’s modern era provides its backdrop, Connery said, the film is a “multi-layered” story about “a man’s love for his son,” the “tragic love story” between that son and the woman he marries, and the son’s rebellion against the class system of the day, which seemed determined to deny him the fortune that was his talent’s due.
Explaining that he opted to show only highlights from the many tournaments in which the younger Morris competed, Connery said, “I worked at not making the drama be driven by the outcome of the game.”