Film festival accolades for Lewis filmmaker

Jim's film 'Road to Recovery' has proved a hit with national film festivals.

Jim's film 'Road to Recovery' has proved a hit with national film festivals.

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The ‘Road to Recovery’ has proved the road to success as a second national film festival has selected to screen Lewis photographer and film-maker Jim Hope’s music video to island musician Mata MacDonald’s instrumental track.

The short film ‘Road to Recovery’ faced stiff competition to be showcased at the 2012 Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) – a celebration of independent film from across the world hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, a leading international art and culture magazine that explores the best in contemporary arts, design, photography, film, music and performance.

Commenting that Jim’s film ‘impressed our judges’, Helena Culliney from the magazine added: “This year’s competition has been intense, with an unprecedented number of entries presenting an exceptional standard of work.”

The film ‘Road to Recovery’ is the result of a collaboration between Jim and Mata as passions of film-maker and musician meet to convey both men’s enthusiasm for the islands ‘living landscape’.

“I’d been keen to make a music video for sometime and Mata’s instrumental track was exactly what I was looking for and works really well with the images,” said Jim.

“It’s great spotting those fleeting moments which can happen in the blink of an eye and sometimes being quick enough to get them on camera.”

He continued: “I’m extremely happy that the film has been selected to play at the ASFF 2012. This is the second film festival to select ‘Road to Recovery’ to be played and I’m very pleased to be included.

“I have come other music video based projects taking seed at the moment – it’s great working with such talented musicians from the islands – and I hope to build on this recent success and continue being creative.”

Earlier this year ‘Road to Recovery’ formed part of a national UK ‘film relay’ an initiative of the London 2012 Festival, celebrating this years London Olympic and Paralympic Games.