16 Years till Sum­mer

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

LOU McLough­lan’s ten­der and mov­ing doc­u­men­tary 16 Years

till Sum­mer about re­demp­tion in­ter­rupted in the High­lands, will screen in Oban’s Phoenix Cin­ema on Satur­day Novem­ber 26 on its Scot­tish tour.

Filmed over four years in the High­lands, the film fol­lows Uis­dean Mackay, a man re­leased af­ter 16 years in prison, to jug­gle croft­ing am­bi­tions with car­ing for his fa­ther.

‘Uis­dean wants for­give­ness,’ be­gins a spokesper­son ex­plain­ing the plot, ‘ but it takes an ex­tra­or­di­nary love story to elude grow­ing ac­cu­sa­tions against him in a film that slips seam­lessly be­tween two por­traits of the same man: carer and con­victed mur­derer.

‘ 16 Years till Sum­mer tells a hu­man story of eu­phoric hope set against doc­u­mented tragedy in a film about what gets sac­ri­ficed when peo­ple need to see the best in each other.

‘Com­pelling sto­ry­telling and cin­e­matic im­agery blur the line be­tween the fairy-tale of the heart and the rational judge­ment of so­ci­ety. Tragic, hope­ful and lit with lots of un­ex­pected hu­mour, the film ex­plores the hu­man need to re-in­vent our­selves via Uis­dean’s need to start again. As Uis­dean earns the trust of his fa­ther, Calum, and lover, Au­drey, the film also in­evitably wit­nesses the mo­ment when love must ques­tion it­self.’ 16 Years till Sum­mer is the fea­ture film de­but of di­rec­tor Lou McLough­lan. 16 Years till Sum­mer has been nom­i­nated for the 2016 Gri­er­son Prize and re­ceived a Best Pic­ture nom­i­na­tion at the 2015 Scot­tish Baf­tas.

Lou said: ‘I felt chal­lenged to make this film when Uis­dean first said to me, "My fa­ther's very ill. Will you film me on home leave so I have footage of us to­gether? You should show that not all pris­on­ers are mon­sters".

‘Early on in the film­ing, I thought the film would be more about Calum than Uis­dean, that it would be a story about the un­con­di­tional love be­tween a fa­ther and son. How­ever, as Uis­dean's jour­ney into Au­drey's life be­gan a sec­ond love story, what de­vel­oped was a film that ex­am­ined some- thing big­ger: at what point in a re­la­tion­ship must love, as an act of faith, pause to ques­tion it­self? And it was that ques­tion­ing – in re­sponse to Uis­dean's ini­tial chal­lenge to me – that felt most ‘mon­strous’ to those who had to do it.’

There is also a show­ing in Skye’s Aros Cen­tre on Friday Novem­ber 18. 16 Years till Sum­mer was funded by Cre­ative Scot­land and The Ice­landic Film Cen­tre and co-pro­duced by Zikzak Film­works.

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