STV commissions This is Scotland documentaries

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STV has commissioned 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.
This is Scotland was launched in November to offer 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 film makers are Ruth Carslaw and Jack Warrender. Ruth’s film, My New Hair, is a journey into the transformative world of wigs through the lives of ordinary Scottish women who have lost their hair. Jack’s film, Lost in Transition, asks how much you can tell about a city from its Lost Property Office and maps the fate of four possessions as they are lost, reunited, sold or incinerated.
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.
The documentaries will air on STV later in 2014.
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels, said: “STV is 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 Lost in Transition and My New Hair on both STV and our new city channels for Glasgow and Edinburgh, and I look forward to seeing the finished films.”
Noe Mendelle, director of Scottish Documentary Institute, said: “We are delighted that STV is so readily engaged with local talent nurtured by SDI. It will be a great opportunity for our two film makers to add on commercial skills to their already proven storytelling talent.”
Leslie Finlay, Production Executive on This is Scotland said: “Creative Scotland is committed to developing new film making talent based in Scotland and This is Scotland offers emerging documentary film makers the opportunity to develop their film making skills and share unique stories with Scottish audiences.”
For further information, please contact the STV press office:
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
Notes to Editors
Ruth Carslaw
Ruth is from Irvine in Ayrshire. A graduate of documentary photography, her early career focused on development projects in South Asia, Eastern Europe and the USA.
On return to the UK, she spent seven years in the social sector making not-for-broadcast documentary films that informed political debate and effected policy change at a national level in Scotland.
Ruth won a place on the National Film and Television School’s Summerdocs programme, which led to her first three broadcast commissions from Channel 4.
Jack Warrender
Jack was born in Girvan, Ayrshire, growing up on a sheep farm in the Stinchar valley.

Having gained experience in India running on a Bollywood film, he returned to the UK to work as a video operator. In 10 years he worked on over 20 feature films, from 'The Young Victoria' to 'Gravity'.

Though exciting and successful work, Jack had a desire to be more creatively challenged and left his job to take up a place at the National Film & Television School.