Banavie

The Oban Times - - Dis­tricts -

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.

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