Great news that Hula, the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award winning short film by Screen Academy Scotland graduate Robin Haig will be screening at the Cromarty Film Festival opening night on Friday Dec 2nd followed by a Q&A with the director. The opening night screening has proved so popular that Cromarty are laying on another screening!
Since premiering at XpoNorth in June this year Hula has been screening and making the rounds of film festivals across the UK including the Hebrides International Film Festival, Inverness Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. It’s also screened at the Mull Film Club on the Isle of Mull and will screen at the Duirinish Media and Culture Club on Skye during the last weekend in November.
Hula also went on tour with the Screen Machine where it played before the feature film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. It screened 12 times over the Highlands including twice in Dornie where it sold out both times! The film was shot on location in Dornie which is also the village where Robin grew up. The Director of the Screen Machine Robert Livingston was on hand for the screenings in Dornie. Screen Machine is the UK’s only mobile cinema which serves the Highlands and Islands in Scotland.
Recently Robin took the film to Sweden with XpoNorth and XpoNorth Director Amanda Millen. Robin wrote a blog piece about her experience which you can read here:
MFA Advanced Film Practice graduate Robin co-wrote Hula with fellow Screen Academy Scotland graduates Mandy Lee (MFA Advanced Film Practice) and Claire Nicol (MA Screenwriting). It was produced by fellow Screen Academy Scotland graduate Lindsay McGee. Hula tells the story of Clara, an unhappy divorcee who rediscovers the joy of life after opening a B&B in the Highlands. Highly regarded actor Blythe Duff stars in the lead role. Hula was Robin’s graduation film for MFA Advanced Film Practice at Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University.
Image taken by Cameron McMurdo