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Lost Treasure – Glasgow Short Film Festival commission for new score to archive film

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New project. I’ve been working with Drew Wright on Lost Treasure, a commission from Glasgow Short Film Festival to make a new work in response to an archive film by Dawn Cine Group, a self-funded Glasgow filmmaking collective who made several films in the 1950s with social and political ends.

The original Lost Treasure film is an unfinished project dealing with the Highland Clearances that also touches on land reform, urbanisation, mechanisation and rural/urban life. We’ve been given access to the original script and 45 minutes of silent footage and have been working with editor Mintu Mantynen in fitting it all together. It’s the opening event at the 2016 edition of the festival and then tours nationwide.

A couple of TV features on national news prompted relatives of the film collective to get in touch, and we’ve met some of those with connections to the original group, including the wife of the lead actor William MacGregor (she’s a sprightly 94), their son, and others – many of whom feature in the film as children.

Great to work on. Extract below. I’ll be posting news, extracts and tour dates at