Pupils star in new Whithorn film

Some of the cast made up of Douglas Ewart High School pupils
Some of the cast made up of Douglas Ewart High School pupils

Whithorn and District Business Association has been working with the Douglas Ewart High School and youth workers on a project with young people in Whithorn, which will result in a second phase of the All Roads Lead to Whithorn project, begun last year with the community consultation film.

In mid March, a group of eight S1-5 participated n a two-day project led by Urbancroft Films aiming to do three things:

1) Form a youth steering group for the All Roads Lead to Whithorn project

2) Do a series of individual interviews to camera about the proposed heritage film project for the summer of 2014

3) Make a short film or trailer of the ideas to date for a young person’s guide to Whithorn, which would then be submitted for further funding bids by the Business Association. If money is awarded, there will be another exciting participatory film project in Whithorn this summer. The pupils have been promised their own copy as a souvenir of the experience and their film is now in edit.

The group immediately rose to the challenge. Creative Director, Martyn Robertson said: “The project was ambitious in the timescale but we were really impressed by the professionalism and commitment from the whole group.”

He continued: “We constantly threw challenges at them and they found creative solutions and articulated their points impeccably on and off camera.”

The group made a short five-minute film drama which explored the idea of a duo of journalists being sent to write a young person’s guide to Whithorn. The journalists got the wrong impression of Whithorn and the spirits of Whithorn began to show them the assets of the past, present and future of the town.

Martyn extended his thanks to all of the participants for a highly-motivated and focused two days exploring Whithorn’s heritage and the role young people from Douglas Ewart can play in its future.

He said, “We had a lot of fun working with the team and look forward to continuing the development of this project with them in the lead up to the summer.”

English teacher, Graeme Davies who compered the unveiling of the previous film last October, commended the pupils for their involvement, creativity and for being such fine ambassadors for Whithorn as well as Douglas Ewart. He said, “It is such an exciting project for the young people to be involved in and, by working with the Urbancroft team, they are learning important skills for interacting with others as well as promoting themselves and the area in which they live. We can’t wait to see where this take us next!”

A spokesperson for the Whithorn and District Business Association said : “We are delighted to have progressed to phase 2 of this important project, which allows cross-generational working in the community. Our job is to raise funds so that this trailer can become a fully-fledged Young Person’s Guide to Whithorn, which we can show to visitors and use for peer education purposes about Whithorn’s heritage We hope to have further news by early summer”.