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STV to broadcast documentaries by upcoming filmmakers

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STV will broadcast two brand new, 30 minute documentaries as part of This is Scotland, a documentary and new talent initiative run by the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) in association with Creative Scotland.
 
The first of the documentaries, Are You Dancing? will air on Monday 3rd October at 2000. The second documentary, Black Rat Island will be broadcast on the following Monday, 10th October at 2000.
 
Now in its second year, This is Scotland offers two upcoming filmmakers a unique opportunity to produce a documentary, working closely with SDI, and have their work broadcast in peak time on STV. The commissioned filmmakers are Paul Fegan and Iain Mitchell.
 
Are You Dancing? explores the characters at the Fairfield Socials OAP tea dance offering an insight into their individual stories as they go about their lives, preparing for a date, a dance or something more. Black Rat Island follows the plight of Tom, the young owner of the Shiant Isles, as he struggles with the islands’ future.  The Shiant Isles, an archipelago off mainland Scotland, are home to one of the UK's largest colonies of puffins but the colony is being decimated by the island’s other dominant inhabitant - the
black rat.
 
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels, said: “These programmes offer two very different insights into life in Scotland and we think viewers will find the subjects engaging and entertaining. This is Scotland is an innovative initiative and we are pleased to be able to offer these upcoming filmmakers the exciting opportunity to broadcast at peak time on STV and on our city channels, STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh.”
 
Noe Mendelle, director of Scottish Documentary Institute, said: “Once again we are delighted to share with STV audiences the creative eye and humanistic approach to two of our latest Scottish directorial talent: Paul Fegan & Ian Mitchell. ‘Are You Dancing?” is a lively, quirky film taking us into the ever challenging, emotionally charged, world of dating, even late in life and “Black Rat Island” pokes at our curiosity about the wilderness of Scotland and the mystery of nature from the comfort of our living room. Both films will create a new shade to our perception of our world.”
 
This is Scotland is co-funded by STV and Creative Scotland’s National Lottery fund, with support from Edinburgh College of Art and University of Edinburgh.
 
Leslie Finlay, Executive Producer, Creative Scotland said: “This is Scotland provides an invaluable opportunity for upcoming documentary makers to have their voices heard and gives them a platform to use their skills to shine a light on important issues of the time. Paul Fegan’s Are You Dancing? and Ian Mitchell’s Black Rat Island are excellent examples of this and we look forward to sharing these special films with STV viewers.”
 
Are You Dancing? synopsis
 
Tuesday. Govan, Glasgow. Passion, desire and sweat on the dance floor. Welcome to the Fairfield Socials OAP tea dance. The Fairfield working men's club with its faded 1960s kitsch ambiance is a place where seniors' physical fragility, awareness of time and mortality are present, although overshadowed by a desire to embrace life in an intense and unsentimental way.
 
We follow Sandra, Margaret, John, Hugh and Willie, all regulars of the club, offering an insight into their individual stories as they go about their lives, preparing for a date, a dance or something more. 
 
The film challenges our prejudice, exploring the realities of relationship problems more often associated with twenty something - cheating partners, commitment issues and life as a singleton looking for love. 
 
Black Rat Island  synopsis
 
Ever dreamt of inheriting an island?  Even if it is overrun by black rats and battered by some of the worst weather in Scotland?  This is the reality for Tom Nicolson, owner of the Shiant Isles. 
 
The Shiants are a crucial breeding location for seabirds and home to one of the UK's largest colonies of puffins.  But the seabirds are being decimated by the island’s other dominant inhabitant - the non-native black rat.  To save the sea bird population the island must be rid of all the black rats. 
 
Black Rat Island follows the plight of Tom, the young owner of the Shiants, as he comes to terms with the harsh responsibility of owning an island.  The film charts the difficult mission, along with wildlife experts, throughout one tough winter, to eradicate every single rat and the challenges that arise consequently. 
 
 
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For further information, a copy of the documentaries, or further images, please contact the STV press office:- 
 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.t