Some of the films produced by Creetown Film Services.
Losing You – A 2017 short drama written, produced and filmed by young people aged 11 – 17 from Creetown and Newton Stewart.
“Ben’s family is going through a difficult time, with the break up of his parent’s marriage. His school life isn’t much better and he is struggling to deal with the emotional turmoil he finds himself in. He feels he must escape.”
Our Park – In October 2010, the young people of Creetown approached us to create a film about the lack of facilities in the local park. The brief was to make a short documentary to facilitate a proposal for funding to regenerate the village park, in conjunction with the traditional written proposal. We taught daily workshops during their autumn holidays and guided them through the stages of pre-production and shooting the film. In this way, the children could convey their ideas and need for a new park, via the medium of film. The film was sent off with various funding applications, which finally came back successful and the brand new £250,000 play park was completed in June 2013.
Legal High’s – Don’t Do It – A 6 minute short drama, written and filmed by young people and starring young people from Mid-Galloway, South West Scotland. This short film tackles the topical subject of young people having easy access to legals highs and focuses on the harmful impacts these drugs can have. Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, Dumfries and Galloway NHS, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Mid-Galloway Youth Partnership and Creetown Initiative Ltd have all been involved in the production of this film. The young people also composed their own soundtrack for this film. It was filmed on location at Newton Stewart Hospital, youth centres, parks and streets in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway in August 2012 and was funded by The Holywood Trust and the Machars Lions Club.
Love Food Hate Waste – Young people from Castle Douglas High School, Dumfries and Galloway, star in this short film about ways to reduce household waste, save money and help the environment. The film was commissioned and produced by Linda Irving, DG Zero Waste Volunteer Coordinator from Dumfries and Galloway Council. Love Food Hate Waste is brought to you by Zero Waste Scotland, a not-for-profit organisation who were with a wide range of partners, from community organisations, chefs, UK businesses, trade bodies and local authorities through to individuals looking for practical advice. Master Chef Tony Budde was consulted for this film and his recipe for Banana and Honey Muffins is shown at the end. The film is now being shown at local cinemas in Dumfries and Galloway. More information about DG Zero Waste Volunteers can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/dgzerowastevolunteers?fref=ts
The Creetown Bell – Funded by Creative Scotland’s Creative Place Award and LEADER, the bronze bell was cast in Creetown by Roddy Mathieson from The Mobile Foundry and created by The Stove Artists Collective. MSP Fiona Hyslop, who is the Minister responsible for Arts and Culture, visited Creetown in March 2013 to experience the past present and future arts projects and sculptures that exist within Creetown. This film shows the creation of the Creetown Bell, which has since been incorporated into a new sculpture on the outskirts of Creetown next to the A75 and was commissioned by Creetown Initiative.
Douglas Ewart High School Transition Show – ‘The Transition Show’ was a project created by 5th and 6th year students at the Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart, with the aim of providing information about the school, teachers and classroom subjects to new 1st year students, in a fun chat show programme style, based on the BBC 1 programme, The One Show. The project was commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning and Development team and also collaborated with Police Scotland. Every new 1st Year student to the school received their own DVD of ‘The Transition Show’ to watch with their parents at home, to learn more about their new school and help aid their transition from primary to secondary school.
Life After Oz – ‘Life After Oz’ was created by young people to address issues that had been identified as most important to young people, through a youth work needs assessment carried out by Dumfries and Galloway Council. These issues included smoking, bullying, anti-social behaviour, healthy eating and sexual health. This experiential peer education project included young people from youth groups across Wigtownshire, who were set the task of providing information on these topics to their peers in an exciting and creative way and so ‘Life After Oz’ was developed, utilising themes from the iconic film, The Wizard of Oz. In total, 47 young people were involved in the production of Life After Oz and each gained a nationally accredited Saltire Award for their hard work. Over 200 students from S1 and S2 took part in the experience, as did parents and partner organisations. Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning and Development team commissioned Creetown Initiative to film the performance and create this DVD.
“Liam” is a 10 minute long drama, which was directed by Amy-Dee Tighe as part of her final degree dissertation project. This film had no budget and was written, produced and edited over 10 weeks. It stars Scott Tierney as Liam, Deborah Mair as the Mum and Anthony Quirke as the Dad and was filmed on location in Bannockburn and Aberdour beach, in Fife in April 2010. It follows the story of a young boy, Liam, and his relationships with his mother and father. In January 2011, “Liam” was nominated for the Royal Television Society (RTS) Award, in the Undergraduate Drama 2010 category – being only one of three student films in Scotland to be nominated.