“The Beast of Loch Ness” Film Honored at Film Festivals Worldwide


INVERNESS, SCOTLAND — 30 August 2023 — The documentary film, The Beast of Loch Ness, has been honored at multiple international film festivals. The film was selected as a semi-finalist for the Dublin Movie Awards and the Dubai International Film Festival, as well as named a Special Mention at the UK Seasonal Short Film Festival. It was also screened as part of the “Ride the Wave” programme at the St. Andrew’s Film Festival this past weekend.

The Beast of Loch Ness is a new documentary film telling the lesser-known story of Aleister Crowley’s time at Boleskine House, one of Scotland’s most neglected historic houses. The film also features the modern restoration that saved the house from ruin. Featuring a team of researchers who separate historical facts from modern pop-culture, this film provides an in-depth examination of Crowley as the self-proclaimed “Beast,” revealing the workings of the operational magic he performed while in Scotland. It was produced by award-winning filmmakers Jim Brown of B4Films and Ashley Cowie of History Fuzz, in cooperation with The Boleskine House Foundation. 

“We are proud to share our mission and vision as excitement and recognition builds for this documentary,” said Keith Readdy, Chair of The Boleskine House Foundation SCIO, the registered Scottish charity that is restoring and preserving the historical legacy and heritage of the Boleskine House estate. “There is plenty of legend around Crowley’s time at the estate, but the factual history is even more interesting, in our opinion. From the Frasers, to Crowley, to Jimmy Page, and beyond, this house is still telling its story, brick by brick. We are especially excited about the future of the estate, as a center of culture, arts, and ecology for the benefit of the general public.”

Filming of The Beast of Loch Ness was completed in April 2022, coincidentally on the 118th anniversary of the reception by Crowley of what has become known as “The Book of the Law,” which is the central esoteric text of the followers of Thelema. Thelema is the religious philosophy founded by Crowley. The film was subsequently entered into more than 20 international film festivals.

For more information on The Beast of Loch Ness, visit the film website at www.thebeastoflochness.com.

The Boleskine House Foundation

The Boleskine House Foundation SCIO is a Scottish Registered charity whose mission is to restore and preserve the historical legacy and heritage of the Boleskine House estate for the greater benefit of the public. In addition to our conservation-led approach to sympathetically restore Boleskine House, we aim to educate the public on the heritage of the house and lands, to welcome the enjoyment of its structure and surrounding gardens, and to facilitate learning, growth and well-being. For more information, please visit www.boleskinehouse.org


Keith Readdy