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The Loch Ness Monster Movie

Comic dramatisation about the 'escape' of the Loch Ness Monster and it's attack on Edinburgh

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A short fictional film depicting an international struggle for ownership of the Loch Ness Monster following it's discovery in the US owned Loch Ness. In an effort to transport the Monster to the United States of America, Nessie is taken by truck towards Edinburgh. While crossing the Forth Road Bridge, the truck veers out of control and crashes into the river. The Monster escapes and takes to the streets of Edinburgh. The Army and Fire Service scramble to respond as Nessie wreaks havoc. Throughout the film a mixture of on-site and modeled footage is used to represent the areas depicted.

Questions & Activities


  • Which towns/cities/countries are featured in the film?
  • Which languages are spoken in the film?
  • Who identified the Loch Ness Monster and gave it its scientific name "€œNessiteras rhombopteryxl"€?
  • How would you transport a monster like Nessie from one country to another?
  • Is the Loch Ness Monster the only monster legend in Scotland?
  • What other monster myths and legends are there?


Note: It is possible to watch and use the film in sections - e.g. the first section about the political debates; the final narrative "€œmonster movie"€ section; etc.

History: Using the internet and library resources, research the history and legend of the Loch Ness Monster. Present a written or audio-visual presentation detailing the case for and against the existence of the Loch Ness Monster.

Languages: Do a foreign news report covering this story.

Modern Studies/History: The film mentions treaties between Britain and the United States of America. Research the history of international relations between the UK and USA.

Media Studies: Screen the film and stop it at 03:45. Discuss what kind of film this seems to be? What mood or genre does the early section of the film set up? Discuss what visual and aural clues the film uses to set this up.

Travel & Tourism: Investigate Loch Ness and the Monster legend as a tourist attraction. Is it useful to Scotland? What image of Scotland does it portray to the wider world? Is it good or bad for tourism?

Enterprise/Travel & Tourism: produce your own pamphlet/video or PowerPoint presentation to promote Scotland abroad.

Geography: Investigate what is special about Loch Ness as a location. Refer to wildlife, habitat, and environment.

English/Expressive Arts: what happens next in the story? Write a sequel to the film.

Modern Studies/Politics: the film refers to a United Nations session where politicians discuss the fate of the Loch Ness Monster. Stage a United Nations debate to decide who owns Nessie.

Media Studies: the film is a mix of fictionalised narrative and found archive footage. Screen the film and identify which parts of the film are real and which are fiction. Why is the film done in this way?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-343-C
Resource Rights Holder By kind permission of Ian Rintoul
Project Ref 2701
Date 1984
Genre Fictional Drama
School Subject Drama, Languages, Social Studies, History, Expressive Arts, Modern Studies, Geography
Who Ian Rintoul (director), Quinlan Film Group (production company), Scottish Film Production Fund, BBC Television (sponsor)
Where Edinburgh, Westminster
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 17:26
Film Length 17:26