Dornie filmmaker Robin Haig’s “Hula” — which was shot in location in her home village last year — is to be screened in the village this weekend.
The short film was named best drama at the Bafta Scotland New Talent Awards earlier this year and stars Blythe Duff in the lead role as unhappy divorcee Clara who opens a B&B in the Scottish Highlands and unexpectedly inspired by her guests, rediscovers the joys of life.
“Hula” will be shown in the Screen Machine at Dornie Hall this Saturday (13th August) at 5pm. In addition there will be a prize draw and hula-hooping and ‘Hula’ will be preceeded by short films selected by the Glenelg-based Way Out West Picturehouse – “Eyes Fixed”, an animated music video with music by Mike Vass, directed by Gavin C Robinson; “Cailleach” by Rosie Reed Hillman, a documentary about an old woman on Harris; and “Stay the Same”, a video art piece shot in Knoydart by Sam Firth. Tickets are available from the Screen Machine website.
Robin (left) commented: “Bringing “Hula” home is an absolute honour. I began talking to Regional Screen Scotland, who run the Screen Machine, over a year ago, before we even shot. I already knew we were going to shoot a scene in the very car park at Dornie village hall where the Screen Machine parks. This made it doubly appropriate to show “Hula” in the Screen Machine in Dornie. They loved the idea and here we are: a year later, and it’s happening this Saturday.
“The publicity we’ve received around “Hula” has been brilliant. It premiered at XpoNorth, Scotland’s leading creative industries festival, to a full house and the reaction of the audience was great. People laughed a lot but were also very moved. Tickets to the Screen Machine sold out on Monday so Regional Screen Scotland put on an extra screening at 6.30pm. We are very grateful for the support of the village at the time of shooting and I am humbled that so many folk in the area want to see the film. It’s very exciting. It’s going to be great fun! There will be a prize competition to help raise money to submit “Hula” to film festivals around the world. Prizes include a bottle of whisky from Gaelic Whiskies on Skye and a hula hoop, both featured in the film. And of course there will be lots of hula hooping going on, we even have an instructor, my neighbour Dunia Newton-del-Campo, to show us how to master the art of hula hooping.”
“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 and will be screened at the university along with other graduation pieces on Friday 16th September. In addition it will feature in the Hebrides International Film Festival with screenings at Carinish in North Uist on 15th September at 11am and on 17th September at 2pm in Bernera and 8pm at An Lanntair in Stornaway. It will also feature at the Inverness Film Festival in November.