Free screen­ing of Ar­ran com­edy film

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The first pub­lic screen­ing of the com­edy film Un­cowed will be held tonight (Saturday) at 7pm at Ar­ran High School, fol­lowed by a short doc­u­men­tary of the mak­ing of the film.

The screen­ing is free but op­tional do­na­tions can be made to­wards the high school stu­dents’ 2019 trip to Tanzania.

Un­cowed was filmed en­tirely on Ar­ran last July, with an is­land cast in­clud­ing Stu­art Gough, David Simp­kin, Andy McNa­mara, James Smith, Ge­of­frey Bot­ter­ill, Sheila Gil­more, Charles Cur­rie, Marvin El­liott, Val Waite, Isla Blair, Mark and Natasha Nel­son. Other lo­cals make cameo ap­pear­ances. The com­edy film has the se­ri­ous pur­pose of em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to stand up to bul­ly­ing.

Sean Bruce Mon­teith a film stu­dent study­ing at SAE In­sti­tute in Glas­gow, spent two weeks on the set and here shares his ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on the film.

He writes: ‘Shooting on lo­ca­tion on Ar­ran, I worked as a pro­duc­tion trainee help­ing in ev­ery area I pos­si­bly could. In two brief sum­mer weeks I learned a great deal about film-mak­ing.

‘Tour­ing the is­land as we filmed en­abled us to cap­ture the beauty of Ar­ran, in­cor­po­rat­ing the land­scapes and even some lo­cal build­ings into nu­mer­ous scenes.

‘When you watch it, keep an eye out – you might just recog­nise a few places. This also proved to be a great bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the cast and crew, some with years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try and oth­ers, like me, be­ing rel­a­tively new to the game.

‘Those with more ex­pe­ri­ence were al­ways en­cour­ag­ing, demon­strat­ing the pro­fes­sional way to op­er­ate equip­ment and through their work teach­ing me how a film set should be run.

‘An at­mos­phere of cre­ativ­ity filled the set each day, ev­ery mem­ber in­volved in pro­duc­tion do­ing their best so in turn the film would be bet­ter for it.

‘Ideas were con­stantly be­ing shared as we ap­proached each and ev­ery scene, some of mine even made it in there.

‘What did I learn? I man­aged to de­velop on my pre­vi­ous abil­ity and gain many new skills. From cam­era op­er­a­tion, au­dio and even edit­ing, ev­ery step of the process is a val­ued ex­pe­ri­ence to me.

‘Each in­di­vid­ual crew mem­ber, ac­tor and ac­tress made this ex­pe­ri­ence a great one. How­ever, I sim­ply can­not talk about this film with­out giv­ing my per­sonal thanks to Chris At­tkins, writer and di­rec­tor, and Jan At­tkins, writer and pro­ducer. Their work to get this film from con­cept to re­al­ity is sim­ply re­mark­able and with­out them giv­ing me this op­por­tu­nity I would have never had this fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘With a strong an­tibul­ly­ing mes­sage and a lot of laughs along the way, Un­cowed will un­doubt­edly be worth the watch.’

James Smith and Andy McNa­mara as the hap­less Fraser and Scott on the Cor­rie jetty with the film crew.

Fraser and Scott mea­sur­ing out plots of Ar­ran for sale.

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