Dornie filmmaker seeking support for graduation film

A filmmaker from Dornie is appealing for help in making her graduation film.

‘Hula’ will be Robin Haig’s graduation film for her MFA in Advanced Film Practice at Screen Academy Scotland and will premier as part of a graduation screening at the Edinburgh Filmhouse in 2016. It will also be submitted to film festivals around the world.

The short film about mid-life liberation will be shot in and around Dornie in September and Robin is currently appealing for financial support and extras.

Robin Haig_Photo by Matthew Thomas

Filmmaker Robin will begin shooting ‘Hula’ in Dornie in September

She said: “The inspiration for ‘Hula’ came from my observations of divorced women in my community as I was growing up. It’s a gentle comedy drama about an uptight divorcee who rents her home out as a B&B. Through each guest that comes to stay, she learns to uncoil and rediscover the joy in life. Ultimately it’s a wonderfully uplifting hip-shaking story about confidence and liberation.

“The final scene is a hula hooping class outside Dornie Village Hall and for that we are looking for 20 female extras on Saturday 12th September. It should be a fun day and being able to hula hoop is not necessary!”

While three quarters of the film’s project has been raised through a scholarship and various in kind support, further financial assistance is being sought. Any group or business able to contribute towards the project will be offered tickets to the ‘Hula’ premier as well as having their logo or name appear in the film’s credits and would feature on the Facebook page ‘Hula – would you?’.

Robin added: “It is a huge challenge to feed a cast and crew of circa 20 people for five days on a small budget. Local catering company Tartan Heart Events are helping us out but it would be of huge support if local food establishments were able to help by providing lunch for one of these days.”

Local talent will also be adding their skills to the project, with Tatjana Fraser from Kintail acting as art department trainee and Kyle singer Sally Fraser and her band The Fulltones performing the song which will feature in the final scene of the film and credits. The song is being composed by Fiona Liddell, who has previously worked with Robin on projects.

Robin has made several short films, both fiction and documentary, and has been twice nominated for a Scottish BAFTA New Talent Award. Her films have screened at various UK film festivals and multiple times in Iran, France, Germany, Netherlands, and Australia. Her recent documentary short, ‘Crofting’s New Voices’, had over 1,000 views online in just four days.

For more information, or to offer support, see the Facebook page Hula – would you?, email hulathefilm@gmail.com or telephone 07890 186 279.