16 Years till Summer
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.