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A new twist on existing scripts for Royal National Mòd drama groups!

After a brilliant showcase of writing and acting talent at this year’s drama competition at the Mòd, all three teams were given the opportunity to adapt an existing piece or put something new together before receiving support from a professional filmmaker to make their film. As is the case for many community drama groups, they have a catalogue of scripts for stage which have perhaps only had one or two airings! This was their opportunity to take their stories to a new audience.

Last weekend, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Drama group kicked things off, working on a spooky film under the guidance of Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon. Dòmhnall Eòghainn knows Sleat well, being one of the stars of Bannan. He also works as a freelance filmmaker on a variety of projects. Dark and wintry conditions didn’t hinder the team at Sabhal Mòr – in fact, that was just what they needed for for their spooky film!

  

A sneak peek at Sgioba Dràma Chille-Mhoire's entry!

Further north in Skye, Kilmuir Drama Club followed, with the support of filmmaker Alasdair MacLean from Inverness. Alasdair got to know the area well while working on From Skye With Love which aired on BBC ALBA recently and was delighted to work with the drama group. They are known for comedy sketches that would make a cat laugh, and we are told this film is just as funny!

Sgioba Dràma Uibhist is adapting a moving drama script, and Andy MacKinnon and Zach Wallace from Taigh Chearsabhagh Film will be working with them this week. Andy has worked on productions for the V&A Museum, BBC ALBA, and Historic Environment Scotland and has lived in Uist for many years, and Zach is a trainee with the company.  This story went down really well on stage and we’re sure it will make for a really impactful film.

We’re really looking forward to seeing the films and we hope you are too!

With almost two weeks left until the deadline, these groups prove you don’t need much time to put a film together. So, if you have an idea, don’t let the deadline put you off – just get filming!