To celebrate the release of the acclaimed historical drama Mary Queen on Scots later this month, we sat down with many of the cast and the film’s director to dissect and chat about it.

The film charts the life of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) who became Queen of France at aged 16 before returning to Scotland to reclaim her throne. However, both Scotland and England are under the rule of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) and soon the two become rivals for the throne. Here, we chat to some of the male cast who surround the two leads: Martin Compston, Adrian Lester, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn and James McArdle make up some of those who both advise the two as they become closer and closer to war.

In addition, we chatted to director Josie Rourke, who makes her directorial feature debut with the film and discuss the challenges in bringing it to the screen, as well as her “dynamic duo” at the helm of the film.

You can watch all the interview in full below:

Mary Queen of Scots opens in UK cinemas on January 18th.