LAS Portree is set to host a special screening of a trio of Skye films to raise money for local youngsters. The screening will take place at 7pm on February 13th and will last around an hour.
In 2023, a group of students from Portree High School wrote, produced, directed and starred in a film called ‘Shadows.’ Supported by staff and equipment from the Scottish Youth Film Foundation (SYFF), the film, which deals with the topic of self harm has gone on to great acclaim and is currently being used by mental health charity Penumbra as a way to speak to young people about the subject.
Another locally made film ‘Cleachd i no caill I” (Use it or Lose it) which won Best Live Action 12 and Under at the Scottish Youth Film Festival will also be shown. Made by pupils from Sleat Primary School in Skye, the film was supported by Screen Scotland and contains super powers, a monster and the saving of the Gaelic language, all in under 8 minutes!
And finally, local filmmaker Douglas Mackinnon (Good Omens, Sherlock, Doctor Who) who supported the SYFF project last year with a set visit and made a lasting impression on the young people has arranged for a special screening of his 1990 BBC documentary ‘Home’ about Skye’s winning of the Camanachd Cup.
After the success of Shadows, the young Portree filmmakers were keen to follow up it’s legacy and the fundraiser hopes to allow the purchase of some equipment to bolster what is already available in the school and to allow SYFF staff to come back over the summer and oversee another shoot or possibly more than just 1.
Catriona Mackinnon, who acted in the Shadows film said " I loved that it incorporated everybody and it's talking about things not a lot of people like to talk about. The experience has been good."
Tickets costing £10 are available here