Great news from this year’s Celtic Media Festival in Douglas on the Isle of Man, that Robin Haig’s MFA Advanced Film Practice graduation film Hula won in the Best Short Drama category. Robin and the film’s Producer fellow Screen Academy graduate LIndsay McGee attended the festival thanks to support from Creative Scotland’s Festival Attendance funding and were on hand to pick up the award earlier this month.
Starring highly regarded actor Blythe Duff, Hula tells the story of Clara, an unhappy divorcee who rediscovers the joy of life after opening a B&B in the Highlands. Co-written by Robin with fellow Screen Academy Scotland graduates Mandy Lee (MFA Advanced Film Practice) and Claire Nicol (MA Screenwriting) Hula has won a string of awards since premiering at XpoNorth last year, including a 2016 BAFTA New Talent Award for Best Drama and the Audience Award at this year’s Glasgow Short Film Festival.
Since graduating from Screen Academy Scotland last year Robin has been selected for a Filmmaking Residency at Cove Park where she will be developing a project inspired by the Highland Clearances, collaborating with historian Professor James Hunter and story developer Sarah Golding (Lady MacBeth). The Hula creative team are also currently busy working on new ideas which they hope to submit to the Scottish Film Talent Network New Talent and First Features schemes.