Strontian teenager lands hat-trick at Gaelic Film Awards

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A Strontian teenager scored a hat-trick in this year’s FilmG Gaelic shorts competition.

Ardnamurchan High School student Parker Dawes, 14, won best young filmmaker, best fluent speaker and best production, for his slapstick spy thriller Spies-R-Us.

Parker moved to Scotland from England with his family when he was four years old and learned Gaelic when he attended a Gaelic-language primary school.

His film is about two spies looking for a job when they get a call from a client who wants them to steal a file from a top secret location in Scotland. We see them recover the file and fight some bad guys along the way.

It was Parker’s own independent entry, assembled in his time and filmed on his iPhone.

Parker said: “We chose the subject of espionage because it was completely opposite to the film we made last year for FilmG, which unfortunately didn’t win any awards.

“We wanted to see if an action film could achieve different results – and it worked!

“I created a storyboard and we had floor mats, so everything was well thought out and planned.”

“Sometimes it was hard to get everyone together for the shoot, and the editing was difficult but very rewarding.”

There is an English subtitled version of Spies-R-Us on YouTube.

In the Open category, a short documentary titled A’ Mhuir (The Sea), about wild swimming by participating students from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, won two separate awards, Film Duthchais and Best director (Anna Garvin).

Emily Murray, 21, of Lewis, accepted the FilmG award on behalf of the class.

She said, “Participating in FilmG was a great opportunity to practice the skills we learned in class, such as camera, sound and editing.”

The films followed the theme of this year’s competition, Lorg, which means seek, find or trace, and with more than 90 filmmakers trying to find the winning formula, the judges struggled to narrow down the entries over several days.

Debbie Mackay, project manager at CGS who carried out the project, said: “It has been another great year for entries, and we have been particularly impressed with the high level of storytelling and filmmaking skills among our categories. young people.

“As the competition continues to grow, we see filmmakers surpass themselves year after year. It is a privilege to be part of the project.

Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of Cross-Platform Content at MG ALBA, said: “FilmG has always been so important to Gaelic media as a whole, as well as the individual filmmakers and groups who take part in it year after year.

“Watching talent rise through the ranks and hone their craft to land one of the coveted awards is rewarding for all involved in Gaelic media, and speaks to our ambition to continue to nurture a base of Gaelic-speaking talent. unmatched both in front of and behind the camera for years to come.

A specially created rewards program has aired on BBC ALBA and will be available on BBC iPlayer until the end of March.

All of the films from this year’s competition are available on the FilmG website: www.filmg.co.uk

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