A SHORT film shot in Lochaber is to premier at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is up for a top award.
1745, about the Scottish slave trade, was filmed in Glen Nevis, Glencoe and Glen Etive last October in some of the worst weather a Scottish autumn could throw at the team.
The film, which has been nominated for Best Short Film, was inspired by adverts for runaway slaves in Scottish newspapers of the time. These were discovered by writer and actress in the film Morayo Akandé. Morayo’s sister and fellow actress in 1745 Moyo told the
Lochaber Times: ‘The film highlights a forgotten part of Scotland’s history. We enter the world of 18th- century Scotland, but from a new perspective.
‘ While the majority of slavery happened elsewhere, there were African slaves here, kept as trophies and pets in the houses of their rich merchant masters. A historian who specialises in the transatlantic slave trade has corroborated her research and is our advisor for the project.’
The film is directed by Fort William native Gordon Napier who grew up in Banavie before heading to Edinburgh to study film directing. Gordon has a wealth of experience from working on big productions including
Harry Potter and 007: Skyfall to short fiction films. The film follows the story of sisters Rebecca and Emma Atkin who are running blindly into the highland wilderness, away from slavery in the house of their owner.