The Man Who Walked Around the World

DIRECTOR

Anthony Wonke

PRODUCTION

Something Originals and Partizan Films

Network

Discovery

Soundtrack

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    Kilnmarnock
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    The Walker – Striding Man
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    BladeRunner
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    Brazil Beat
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    Advertising For Women
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    France
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    Myanmar
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    Scotland
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    The Name – Resilience
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    Diversity
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    My Way
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    Black Label Society
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    Utah

About the project

From Emmy and triple BAFTA-winning director Anthony Wonke, The Man Who Walked Around the World is an exploration of what it takes to become an icon in popular culture. The documentary looks at the rise of Johnnie Walker; from playing a part in some of history’s most notable events, to being immortalised on screen by Hollywood filmmakers, sung about by stars, and celebrated by novelists.

A young Scottish boy starts blending whisky in a grocer’s shop in 1820, little did he know the result would go on to become one of the world’s most recognised brands.

Never heard before stories, archival footage and in-depth conversations give an insight into how sheer determination and a pioneering spirit took whisky from a small town in Scotland, to having a spot reserved in almost every bar around the world.

Some impressions

“To come from nothing and make something of ourselves – that’s iconic in itself”

Cappadonna, Wu-Tang Clan

“You’ve got to think about it as a movement, as a part of culture”

Sir John Hegarty

PRESS

The Sunday Post

“That’s what makes it so powerful – it’s not a history lesson, it’s a story for where we are today and what we need to go forward.”

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The Edinburgh Reporter

“This is the story of Johnnie Walker but it’s more than just a story about whisky, it’s about culture and the universal need to be able to look to the future with hope. That’s what makes it so powerful – it’s not a history lesson, it’s a story for where we are today and what we need to go forward.”

the full review

LBB

“… a brilliant history packed with intrigue and romanticism. Dig deeper and we find it has the potential to be so much more – a story about what makes us human, the things we can achieve and what keeps pushing us forward.”

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