An new, original short film will tell some of the stories faced by LGBT+ people growing up in rural communities in Scotland.
“Queer Kingdom”, an original commission by Pink Saltire, will be produced by award-winning filmmaker Stuart Edwards.
Stuart is a documentary filmmaker from Edinburgh and in 2015 won Best Postgraduate Cinematography at the RTS Student Awards for his film “A Wee Night In” – a humorous portrayal of his “fiesty” 95yo grandmother and her 91yo boyfriend! The film also won accolades at the Ickle Film Festival, Edinburgh Short Film Festival and International Student Film Festival in Croatia.
Talking of his involvement in the Fife film, he said, “I’m very excited to be working on this project and delving into the personal stories of individuals within the LGBT+ community in Fife. I’m very much looking forward to the creative challenges this film will present.”
The film is part of the Pink Saltire Originals project and has been funded by the Shell UK Community Awards, administered by Foundation Scotland. Shell UK have a large presence in Fife at the Mossmorran plant in Cowdenbeath and Braefoot Bay Terminal in Dalgety Bay.
Welcoming the announcement, Pink Saltire founder, Stuart Duffy said, “I’m delighted we can get started on this project which will examine the real life stories of Fifers who grow up lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual in the Kingdom. Rural communities can often feel like very isolating and lonely places for LGBT+ people, and very different to life in the big cities. We want to portray the personal stories of Fifers, which are likely to be replicated experiences right across Scotland, while also highlighting some of the valuable work by a number of groups and organisations working in the region.”
“Queer Kingdom” is due for public release in September.
You can view Stuart’s award winning film “A Wee Night In” HERE.
This project is supported by Shell UK Community Awards
Written by: Stuart Duffy