Newspaper Feature Doubles up as Short Film Download

The TV production skills learned by the Sunday Herald investigations editor while working for stv owners, SMG, has manifested itself into a ten-minute social documentary downloadable from the newspaper’s website.

Neil Mackay has just embarked on a three month sabbatical, to continue working for SMG TV Productions, the company with whom he last year produced BAFTA Scotland-nominated documentary, Nazi Hate Rock – about extremist right-wing rocks band trying to win over school pupil fans, and which was broadcast on Five.

But, before going, he wrote a four-page report on child poverty in Scotland, published on Sunday. Said Mackay: “Having picked up some camera and sound skills on Nazi Hate Rock, I decided to try to film the story too. Ten hours of footage became a ten-minute film.”

It is the first social documentary published on the Sunday Herald website and is evidence of the much anticipated convergence between the newspaper and film media. See the film here.

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