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Wester Ross school nominated in Gaelic short film awards

By Niall Harkiss

Gairloch High School pupils are up for nominations in this year's prestigious FilmG awards.
Gairloch High School pupils are up for nominations in this year's prestigious FilmG awards.

A Gaelic film produced by a high school in Wester Ross has been shortlisted for an award in the prestigious Gaelic short film competition 'FilmG'.

The drama, based on local folklore, was put together by S2/3 fluent pupils at Gairloch High School and has been nominated for ‘Best Fluent Speaker Film’ in this year's awards.

Drama teacher Iain Cumming said: "The film is about the legend of the Gille Dubh of Gairloch (a fairy who lived in a local forest). The Gille Dubh has been hunted over the centuries and the drama shows how once again he is endanger. A young local girl saves him from a certain death. We were all very pleased how it turned out."

The pupils involved where Elsie Peat (The Gille Dubh), Iona McWhinney (young local girl Jessie), Erin MacKenzie (Jessie’s mum), Sarah MacKenzie (the reporter) and Iain Miles and David Chisholm (the policemen).

Fourth year pupil Anndra Cumming created his own documentary about a day on Beinn Eighe (Torridon) set in the nearby Flowerdale woods and other places in Gairloch. The film has been nominated for ‘Best Documentary’ and ‘Best Young Film Maker’.

The nominees are now seeking the support of the public in the face of Scotland-wide competition before the Monday, January 24 deadline.

Local resident Jess McWhinney said: "As they are competing against much larger schools, your vote would really help."

FilmG was launched in 2008 to develop new talent for the BBC Alba channel which was launched in the same year. Since then, it has received over 900 short films and many young people have started their careers in Gaelic television broadcasting through the competition.

Votes can be cast via their website at filmg.co.uk.

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Scotland’s prestigious Gaelic short film competition, FilmG, is looking for entries to this year’s event

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