Dornie filmmaker Robin Haig’s ‘Hula’ — which was shot in location in her home village last year — has been named best drama at the Bafta Scotland New Talent Awards.
Held in Glasgow last night (Thursday), the awards honour new work made by students and emerging filmmakers, highlighting the bright future of Scotland’s moving image industries.
‘Hula’ was directed and co-written by Robin as part of her Master of Fine Arts in Advanced Film Practice at Edinburgh Napier University/Screen Academy Scotland.
This was Robin’s third Bafta new talent award nomination, having previously been in the running for best director and best new work for ‘Dear Dad’, a documentary about reconciliation with her deer stalking father.
Robin said: “BAFTA have made our day, our month, our year! So excited to win the best drama award for ‘Hula’ at the Bafta Scotland New Talent Awards last night. It’s such an honour for the film, a testament to everyone’s hard work, and it was great fun at the awards!”
Starring Blythe Duff in the lead role, ‘Hula’ tells the story of unhappy divorcee Clara, who opens a B&B in the Scottish Highlands and unexpectedly inspired by her guests, rediscovers the joys of life. It will premier at the Edinburgh Filmhouse in the coming months as part of Edinburgh Napier’s graduation screening and is currently being submitting to international film festivals. It will also receive more local screenings via the Screen Machine and at the Inverness Film Festival.
Robin commented: “The inspiration for ‘Hula’ came from my observations of women in the rural community I grew up in and I set out to make a film about being middle-aged, divorced and long-term single in the Highlands. I wanted to bring a protagonist to life who represented these women, and take the audience on a journey that was satisfying, uplifting and joyous.”
Director of BAFTA Scotland, Jude MacLaverty, said: “The BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards is dedicated to encouraging and nurturing up-and-coming talent in Scotland and, once again, we’ve seen there is no shortage of this. Tonight we applauded and celebrated some fantastic emerging talent and congratulations to our very worthy winners.”
Skye filmmaker Murdo MacLeod was also nominated for ‘Knox’ in the factual category but lost out to ‘The Third Dad’ by Theresa Moerman.