DP Neville Kidd Wins Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography

Huge congratulations from everyone at Hopscotch to Neville Kidd on his Emmy win. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Neville on many occassions over the years, and hope to again in the future! Neville won the award for Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie for his brilliant work on 'Sherlock: His Last Vow’. We think Neville looks good with an Emmy, and not bad in his kilt!



I Belong To Glasgow celebrates its women

In the last of the series of I Belong To Glasgow, Elaine C Smith takes to the streets of the city to give her view of Glasgow. She had one stipulation "I want to celebrate the women of Glasgow". 

So gathering as many examples of brilliant women who have become part of Glasgow's fabric as possible, we took over the city centre big screens and broadcast their portraits to onlookers below. These are women who have made a difference in all walks of life from charity runners, community organisers and politicians to musicians, writers and artists. 

Below is the list of names and achievements of the celebrated women, starting at the top left.

Hannah Frank- artist, Baroness Helena Kennedy- QC, Libby McArthur- actress, Nicola Sturgeon- Deputy First Minister, Maggie McIver- Founder of Barrowland, Eddie Reader- Musician, Cora Bissett- Director, Denise Mina- Writer, Ann Marie di Mambro- Writer, Roza Salih, Toni Henderson, Emma Clifford, Jennifer McCarron- Glasgow Girls Campaigners, Sue John- Glasgow Women's Library, Amy MacDonald- Musician, Professor Anna Dominiczak- Regius Professor of Medicine, Rachel Maclean- Artist, Katherine Grainger- Olympic Gold Medallist Rower, Samina Ansari- Amina The Muslim Women's Resource Centre, Dr Marion Gilchrist- First Female graduate of Medicine in Scotland, Rachel Thain-Gray - Mixing the Colours: Women Speaking About Sectarianism, Janice Galloway- Writer, Sally Magnusson- Broadcaster, Mary Barbour- First Female Councillor and Rent Strike Leader, Dr Mary Hepburn- Special Needs in Pregnancy Service, Margo Macdonald- MP, MSP, Professor Ailsa McKay- Feminist Economist, Ann Macbeth- Glasgow Girl Artist, May Nicholson- Pershal Trust, Govan, Kirsty Wark- Broadcaster, Jessie Campbell- Higher Education for Women Pioneer, Linda Thompson and Jan Macleod- Women's Support Project, Anne Wallace- Salt and Light Bus, Rachel Johnston- First Female Police Officer, Fatima Uygun- Save Govanhill Baths, Irene Graham- Women's Support Project, Rosie Kane- MSP, Dame Elish Angiolini- First Female Lord Advocate, Karyn McCluskey- Violence Reduction Unit.

We would like to thank all the participants for their kind permission for use of the images. 


I Belong to Glasgow BBC One Scotland

Our new series, I Belong to Glasgow, starts on the 27th June at 22:35 on BBC1 Scotland. Over the next four weeks our presenters, Karen Dunbar, Alex Norton, Sanjeev Kohli and Elaine C. Smith will show off the bits of the city they love as it prepares to host the Commonwealth Games.

First up is Karen Dunbar who takes us on an alternative tour of Glasgow, carrying on with drag queens, wrestling with Glasgow's deadly diet, digging in an allotment, playing the numbers at bingo and speaking her mind on a football phone in. On the way she celebrates a city reborn and like all good nights out, it ends in a singalong...

John Archer on the future of the BBC committee panel

John Archer was invited to discuss BBC Scotland and the independent sector in Scotland at the Culture, Media and Sport committee yesterday, Tuesday 24th June. The inquiry is looking at evidence regarding the future of the BBC. 

Also included on the panel were Ian Jones, S4C in Wales and Richard Williams of Northern Ireland Screen.

John started off discussion with commending the cultural impact of the BBC in Scotland, and pointing out room for improvement. 

We made a programme about the history of drama and productions in Scotland since television started 60 years ago. And in the 70s and 80s, particularly, there were distinctive network productions from Scotland, which told Scottish stories with writers like Peter McDougall. I think recently that’s weakened by importing drama production to Scotland possibly in order to meet quotas, which is an admirable aim, but it’s not making the most of what can be grown within Scotland.
— http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/house-of-commons-27996813

You can watch the full panel discussion here, with the discussion on regions starting at 55 minutes in. 

Win for Iboga Nights

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Open City Doc Fest has awarded its Best UK Film award to Iboga Nights, directed by David Graham Scott and produced by Hopscotch Films.

David said via twitter "I put three years of my heart and soul into it." The film relates the experiences of drug addicts trying to kick the habit with use of controversial drug Ibogaine, a process David has been through himself. The jury said: “with its spare yet telling portraits of people with desperate addictions, this compelling film brings the audience close to a very important issue.”

For more on the film check out the website Iboga Nights

Congratulate David on twitter @DGS120

John Archer has a dream

Edinburgh International Film Festival held its inaugural Scottish Film Summit on June 18th. Hopscotch's John Archer was invited to attend. 

The Scottish film sector is facing a period of immense change, challenge and opportunity. The aim of the Summit is to provide a forum for the whole of the industry to come together to discuss the future Scotland’s film industry wants to build.
This is an opportunity to present the current views and concerns of the industry, and to look at how we build the Scottish industry post-Referendum.
— https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/industry/scottish-film-summit

John was invited to share a vision of the Scottish Film industry in 2024, which got a great response. 

Here is the text in full.

Let me tell you of a dream I had earlier this week. I woke in 2024, in a different Scotland and a very different film landscape. This is how it is in 2024. Film production in Scotland has stabilized after the heady year of 2020 when two different Scottish films won the Cannes Palme D’Or and the Oscar for Best Film. The five leading film companies, all very different, grew out of the great collaboration of 2015, when working as a co-operative, Scottish film companies benefitted from a huge injection of public support from Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise. Though controversial at the time, looking back it was just the boost that the industry needed.

 Building on film’s position as being both cultural and industrial, IPS developed a collaborative and co-operative plan that was known variously as film’s Common Weal, and by the tag IPSo Facto – the very fact of it existing meant that it did good for all. The pooling of resources meant that any company of scale was able to draw upon legal, business and creative development support while freeing producers to do what they should be doing – produce. And the companies involved – ranging from low budget to high, fiction to documentary and animation – benefitted from their joint knowledge, drawing on each others experience and expertise.

 Of course the timing was perfect. The ERDF fund for Scottish Film from 2015 provided a huge extra resource for production funding. Following Scotland’s decision for extra tax breaks for production in Scotland, combined with the attraction of new EIS funds, Scotland could draw on unprecedented production capital. This was a virtuous circle with the new studio providing the production space and an appetite for a throughput of new projects. Joining Eurimages in 2016 provided a shot in the arm for co-productions, as producers forged links all over Europe.

 The locally produced Braveheart 2, set in the immediate future rather than the past, imagined a new vision for Scotland and gave its name to the new distribution model – with films being released in cinemas and on home screens via the Braveheart network. The buzz and excitement around new Scottish productions on their home turf was matched by a growing international following, with audiences around the world eagerly awaiting the new Scottish film. 

 The pool of writers available to producers had expanded greatly not only through the increased training courses dedicated to script production, but also thanks to the Swinney Charter, which meant that any creative writer living and working in Scotland lived tax free provided that at least 50% of their work was on qualifying Scottish productions – whether books, poetry, television or ,crucially, film.

 Just exactly what is a Scottish Film has developed in many different ways since being defined at the 2014 film summit. But both legally and creatively it is now firmly established and best of all – recognised and loved by audiences all over the world.