The commissions follow on from last year’s inaugural This is Scotland series which saw two new documentaries screened in February this year. Filmmaker Ruth Carlsaw’s My New Hair took audiences on a journey into the transformative world of wigs through the lives of ordinary Scottish women who have lost their hair. This surprising and moving piece proved has been nominated for BAFTA Scotland in the Single Documentary category, with the winner due to be announced this Sunday at the awards ceremony in Glasgow. Jack Warrender asked how much you can tell about a city from its Lost Property Office in his film Lost in Transition. Both films offered engaging insights into two very different yet equally intriguing slices of Scottish life.
This year’s selected documentaries from filmmakers Paul Fegan and Iain Mitchell will once more provide windows into contrasting pockets of contemporary Scotland.
Fegans’s film Later Love invites us to The Fairfield Socials OAP tea dance. A Govan working man’s club, with the faded kitsch décor of the sixties, is home to this important weekly ritual which sees the men and women of the community gather to share a dance with old friends and maybe make some new ones along the way. As we are introduced to the Fairfield Social’s regulars we soon realise that flirtation, first dates and other trials of love are not dramas exclusive to the young.
On more turbulent territory, Mitchell’s documentary Black Rat Island follows the plight of Tom, the young owner of the Shiants, an archipelago of islands off mainland Scotland. The Shiants are home to one of the UK's largest colonies of puffins, a colony that is being decimated by the island’s other dominant inhabitant - the black rat. The film charts the difficult mission, along with wildlife experts, throughout one harsh winter, to eradicate every single rat and the challenges that arise consequently.
Both films are currently in production and due to air in Summer 2016.
This is Scotland was launched in 2014 to offer upcoming filmmakers a unique opportunity to produce a documentary, working closely with SDI, and have their work broadcast in peak time on STV. After the success of last year’s films, Creative Scotland, SDI and STV are delighted to be supporting the initiative once again.
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels, said: “STV remains committed to supporting the creative industries in Scotland and This is Scotland is a fantastic opportunity to find and nurture new talent. We are excited to provide a platform for these two new documentaries on STV and on our city TV channels STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh, and I hope viewers will enjoy these unique films.”
Noe Mendelle, director of Scottish Documentary Institute, said: “The first edition of This is Scotland was a very successful collaboration and we are delighted that STV is happy to renew their engagement with local talent nurtured by SDI. It is a great opportunity for our selected filmmakers to share their storytelling talent with a wider audience.”
Leslie Finlay, Production Executive on This is Scotland, said: “Creative Scotland is proud to continue our support of This Is Scotland and our partnership with the Scottish Documentary Institute and STV, as they bring two new exciting documentaries to our screens by emerging filmmaking talent based in Scotland. Later Love and Black Rat Islands promise to be every bit as exciting and engaging as last year’s films Lost in Transition and My New Hair.”
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Notes to Editors:
Paul Fegan (Later Love)
Paul Fegan lives and works in Glasgow as a documentary filmmaker and music programmer. He has directed and produced the 17min short documentary 'Pouters' in 2012 which screened at over 30 film festivals worldwide, won best film prize at several festivals and was nominated for a new talent BAFTA. Between 2010 and 2012, he has directed and produced music videos for Belle & Sebastian, Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells, Stevie Jackson, The Revenge, Session Victim amongst others. He also co-produced the Triptych Festival (2000 - 2008) which took place over three cities (Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh) throughout 70 venues over five days. He has recently completed his first feature documentary 'Where You're Meant To Be' which will be released in 2016.
Iain Mitchell (Black Rat Island)
Iain Mitchell, from Dundee, is a filmmaker working across different disciplines. His keen interest in natural history has led him to work on various wildlife projects in Scotland, including a film on the River Spey and last year a film on white-tailed eagles in Skye. He filmed on the Shiants in 2014 which led him to the story behind ‘Black Rat Island’. Outside of the world of wildlife he has worked on a wide range of social documentaries including recently a short film on Strathmartine Hospital in Dundee. He has also written and directed drama which have been shown at festivals worldwide and is currently developing his first feature film.
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