Media Release: Red carpet treatment for aspiring young filmmakers

BUDDING young stars of the big screen featured in their very own film world premiere last Saturday (November 1) at the Lochboisdale Hotel, South Uist.

Seven talented young people from South Uist wrote the scripts, directed and edited the ten-minute film called Ponies Left in the Past.

The group got together along with their family and friends from to watch the film they made for the first time and to celebrate their success. Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s (HIE) Community Land Unit (CLU) provided grant assistance and worked with them to help build capacity and leadership skills among young people living in community land initiatives areas.

First Light Movies also provided support to the project to enable young people to experience the processes and procedures which would normally be followed on a professional film shoot.

Sam Firth, well-known filmmaker from Knoydart, started working with them a year ago when she visited the communities of Knoydart and in South Uist. The premiere of the The Knoydart Revolution was shown on 25 October in the Knoydart Village Hall and was the second film following the award-winning film, Munchatreeforest, that Sam had produced along with young people in Knoydart.

Pam Noble, aftercare officer at CLU, said: “The young people have had an opportunity to appraise their own community from a new perspective, engaging with people in the community with whom they would not normally have much contact. This will help them to play a role in their community’s future.

“It is anticipated that the films will be a valuable resource which can be taken to other community land initiatives, with a view to engaging with the young people there to be more active and involved. There are plans for the short films to be shown on the Screen Machine and also in Eden Court.”

Sam Firth said: “The films they have made on this project are both excellent and we are really pleased. The two films are very different which is a testimony to their creativity. I am very proud of all the young people involved and all the hard work they put in during the school holidays.”

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