The first of the documentaries, All Aboard, broadcast on Friday 8th March at 8pm, will bring viewers a unique insight into life onboard the MV Hrossey ferry, which travels overnight between Aberdeen and Shetland, seen through the eyes of its crew and passengers.
All Aboard is made by Duncan Cowles, a graduate from Edinburgh College of Art whose short films have been selected for film festivals at home and internationally, winning a number of awards and nominations. (See below for full biog.)
On Friday 29th March at 8pm, STV will broadcast Adventures in Dementia, a touching story about the heart-warming friendship of Agnes and Nancy, who prove that their dementia is no barrier to achieving their ultimate goals.
Behind Adventures in Dementia is Scottish filmmaker Anne Milne, who has received several awards for her work, including a BAFTA New Talent Award and a BAFTA Scotland Award. (See below for full biog.)
Launched in 2013, This is Scotland offers upcoming filmmakers a unique opportunity to produce a documentary, working closely with SDI, and have their work broadcast in peak time on STV.
Stephen O’Donnell, Director of Programme Strategy & Marketing at STV, 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. I am delighted that we will provide a platform for these entertaining and uplifting documentaries on STV."
SDI was established in 2004 to nurture documentary filmmakers and audiences in Scotland and beyond, specialising in documentary training, production and distribution.
Noe Mendelle, Director of Scottish Documentary Institute and Executive Producer, said: "Once again we are delighted to share the creative eye and humanistic approach of two of our latest Scottish directorial talents; Anne Milne and Duncan Cowles. Adventures in Dementia is a life-affirming, inspiring and quirky film which takes us into the ever challenging world of dementia. All Aboard pokes at our curiosity about the stormy overnight ferry crossing between Aberdeen and Shetland. Both films will create a new shade to our perception of our internal and external world."
Leslie Finlay, Executive Producer, Screen Scotland, said: “This is Scotland provides a magnificent platform to see work from some of the best new documentary voices in Scotland and this year is no exception. The heart-warming Adventures in Dementia by Anne Milne and the wonderful All Aboard by Duncan Cowles are two timely and thought-provoking films which continue the strong tradition of the This is Scotland programme and we look forward to sharing them with a Scotland-wide audience.”
This is Scotland is co-funded by STV and Screen Scotland, with support from the University of Edinburgh.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
About the documentaries
Taking 14 hours, The MV Hrossey ferry travels overnight between Aberdeen & Shetland every day, making one stop at Orkney on the way. Onboard, islanders and crew members laugh, tell stories and reflect upon their lives during the overnight trip. Stunning views of Shetland, beautiful sunsets, breathtaking wildlife and if you’re lucky, a glimpse of the Northern lights in summer, all make up this epic Scottish journey north. Not to mention the inevitable bit of sea sickness…
This film is a unique insight into life onboard the MV Hrossey, seen through the eyes of the crew and passengers who travel it - some on a one-oﬀ lifetime trip, others on a regular commute. Islanders mix with tourists, staﬀ live and work with each other, all of them bonding onboard the ferry.
Funny, heartwarming and relatable individuals tell their stories and give an insight into the life contained onboard this ship, connecting mainland Scotland to its most northernly set of islands.
Adventures in Dementia
Meet Agnes. She is a type A, driven and dedicated to the cause of dementia activism. She lives in Glasgow, travels all the time and doesn’t ever seem to slow down.
Meet Nancy. She lives alone on a croft far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. She tends her garden, practices mindfulness and is also a dementia activist.
Agnes and Nancy are friends, and when they meet up there is much laughter. Together they will embark on an adventure which proves that life with dementia is not over by any means. They will fly among the trees!
About the filmmakers
Duncan Cowles is a BAFTA Scotland Award winning documentary filmmaker whose short films have been selected for various film festivals at home and internationally, winning a selection of awards and gaining thousands of online views.
Duncan graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a 1st Class degree and a specialisation in documentary film, before going on to work for the Scottish Documentary Institute and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
He was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award & RTS Scotland Award in 2014 for his graduation film Radio Silence. Next, his short doc Directed by Tweedie, commissioned by Scottish Documentary Institute / Creative Scotland, won Best Scottish Short Film at Glasgow Short Film Festival, was shortlisted for a Channel 4 Innovation in Storytelling Award and then nominated for Best British Short at the London Critics Circle Awards 2016.
Duncan’s second Creative Scotland commission; Isabella won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Short Film 2016, Best UK Short (19-25) and the BFI RAW Award 2016 at the BFI Future Film Festival, Best Scottish Short Film 2016 at the Glasgow Short Film Festival 2016 and the Audience Award at Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2016. The film has also been nominated for Best British Short Film at the London Critics Circle Awards 2017.
In 2017 Duncan founded his own production company, Relative Films Ltd and is currently working on his first feature film Silent Men, with development funding from the BFI, Creative Scotland and Whickers World Foundation. He’s also a regular contributor to BBC Scotland’s The Social, and hosts a range of workshops for filmmakers of all ages.
Anne Milne is an award-winning Scottish filmmaker. Her film María's Way was nominated for the European Film Award 2010 and won several awards, including BAFTA New Talent, and screened at over a hundred international film festivals.
After being awarded a WorldView Multi Media Grant, she traveled to Nepal to shoot Himalayan Sisters, which later won an editing award at the 2011 Underwire Festival. Since then she has been working on a number of commissioned films. Into Deep Space, a short film about the search for exo-planets, was shown at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York and Dublin where it was awarded a Special Mention.
Most recently she directed and edited a feature length documentary, The World In One City, commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival, and produced by the Scottish Documentary Institute, on the Festival’s 70 years.
She has also produced a number of shorts with the Scottish Documentary Institute, the most recent of which, Swan, was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award 2016 and shortlisted for a Grierson Award in 2017.
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About Scottish Documentary Institute
Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) was established in 2004 by Noe Mendelle to nurture documentary filmmakers and audiences in Scotland and beyond, SDI specialises in documentary training, production and distribution, supporting filmmakers through its diverse programme of international activities and high quality training programmes.
Based at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, SDI has produced over a hundred films, screening in sixty countries worldwide, garnering international recognition as being at the cutting edge of the documentary sector. Bridging art and industry, SDI is committed to supporting authored films driven by content and emotional experience.
Scottish Documentary Institute is a non-profit organisation, delivering a ladder of development opportunities to benefit all Scottish filmmakers and producers, in addition to running Scottish delegations, in collaboration with Creative Scotland.
SDI Productions was set up in 2007 as the feature production arm of the Scottish Documentary Institute and is now one of the leading independent production companies for creative documentary in Scotland.
About Screen Scotland
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