A film made by a group of young people from Islay has been nominated for Best Documentary in the prestigious First Light Awards 2008. The documentary, 'And Itâ€™s Goodbye to Care,' examines the issues that affect young people on the island and what they think about life on Islay. The film was made in the summer of 2007, in a partnership between the Islay Healthy Living Centre, Production Company Strange Boat and First Light, who provide funding for young people to produce their own films.
The group is now readying to travel to London, where they will attend a glittering award ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square. The Awards are being hosted by Davina McCall and judges include Stephen Fry, Orlando Bloom and Kevin Spacey. Lynsay Stevenson, Port Ellen said: 'I feel privileged that we were nominated', Laura Jane Ferguson from Bridgend thought that 'Itâ€™s an amazing opportunity going from somewhere so small like Islay to somewhere so BIG!', Kelly Ferguson, Port Ellen squealed 'Woo Hoo â€“ Orlando Bloom.' The group will be filming their trip and producing a documentary about their experience. They hope to continue film making and secured funding to purchase their own equipment after the film project. David Barras of Strange Boat said ' Itâ€™s a tremendous achievement to be nominated for a First Light Award. Itâ€™s a big trip to the award ceremony and one weâ€™re all looking forward to.â€™ Carol Muir of NHS Highland and formerly Islay Healthy Living Centre added, 'the young people have worked very hard since the start of this year to raise funds to get to London. You will have seen them bag packing and beach cleaning and they have sent off letters to businesses and grant making bodies to help make it possible. Continue reading.....There are eighteen of us descending on London on the 4th March and we are looking forward to attending the ceremony which is known as the 'Mini Oscarsâ€™. It is a big event and excitement is growing. We are having a film night in Islay High School on Thursday 28th February at 7.30pm to show everyone the great films they made, so look out for posters and see the advert in this Ileach. 'On behalf of all the young people and Strange Boat I would like to thank the following sponsors who have helped us raise funds for our Red carpet adventure. Dr Jean Knowles who became Dr Drookit and did the Splash for Cash for us, Angela Kelly, Islay Buildbase, Sir John Mactaggart and the Mactaggart Third fund, Kevin Sutherland and Marie Corson of Diageo, Councillor Anne Horne and the Co-op, Charles and Julie, and the customers in the Co-op Bowmore, Dr Cunningham, Islay High School, Dave Protherough ReJig, Superintendent Raymond Park and Sgt Cammie Rae, Strathclyde Police Health & Well Being Fund, and Neil and Sally from The Cottage for the celebration pizzas. We are also hoping to have some match funding from HIE/AIE and thank Eleanor McNab.
If you want to be involved in future film making and JAM music workshops watch this space to find out more, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or come to the Film Night on the 28th February and wish the Islay Young Scots good luck for the Awards.
This story was published with kind permission of the Ileach local newspaper.