‘Tàirneanaich’ youth group from Comunn na Gàidhlig’s ‘Iomairt Ghàidhlig Iar Thuath Leòdhais’ - West Side of Lewis Gaelic Initiative, will be making their way to FilmG 2014 awards ceremony in Glasgow.
This is the third time the Initiative has made it to the finals of this prestigious competition.
Shortlisted for “Best Community Film” with their hilarious Lewis version of popular dating show, ‘Take Me Out’ called ‘A’ Suirghe leis na Siaraich’ (Courting on the Westside). Alex John Morrison who plays the lead role has also been shortlisted for his charismatic and fun portrayal of Paddy McGuinness who presents the Saturday night show.
The group meets regularly throughout the year as part of the Iomairt’s youth work initiative, providing young people with an opportunity to use and progress their Gaelic outwith school, in their own community. The group, which works on a wide range of different projects, through the medium of Gaelic, recently enjoyed their first success in drama, when they swept the boards at the under-18 Drama competition at the Royal National Mòd in Paisley. With this success under their belts, the group decided to have a go at converting their play into a film for FilmG.
Because of the requirement of FilmG regulations to keep films being entered in the competition to a maximum of 5 minutes, the group, under the direction of Marina Murray made changes to the script and converted the original 18 minute play into two five minute plays, which was then filmed in the Clan MacQuarrie Hall for the competition – Part 1 & Part 2, both of which have been shortlisted!
Marina Murray, the Iomairt officer, who runs the group explained: “The group work well together and were keen to enter a film in the competition. Bearing in mind that ‘Love’ was this year’s competition’s featured topic, we were happy that our production matched the criteria perfectly, but we were absolutely over the moon when we learnt that both our films had been shortlisted. I am proud of the entire group for all their work on the production but particularly proud of Alex John, having been shortlisted for Best Performer. We are all looking forward to the awards ceremony!”
Whilst written, directed and produced by the Iomairt, the group is indebted to a number of folk for helping us produce the film - set builder, camera men and our editor Ricky Hannaway for his patience and excellent work! We would also like to thank Bòrd na Gàidhlig for their continued support with the Iomairt.
All the shortlists are now available online on the FilmG website, where you can also view all entries in this year’s competition. The winners will be announced at the prestigious FilmG awards ceremony taking place at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on Friday 14 March.