Published On: Sat, Jan 11th, 2014 at 6:00pm

Film shot in Glasgow to be screened at Sundance

Scotland at Sundance Film Festival

Two films supported by Creative Scotland , Exchange & Mart and God Help the Girl, will receive world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, 16-26 January 2014 at Park City, Utah.

God help the Girl will be screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and Exchange & Mart has been selected from more than 8,000 entries to screen in the Shorts Competition.

God Help The Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel, with Co-Producer Carole Sheridan of Singer Films and Associate Producer, Beth Allen of Forest of Black providing on the ground support for the film in Scotland. The film stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.

This is the debut feature of Stuart Murdoch who aspired to tell the story of “a better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.”

According to Barry Mendel, “It’s a simple story – about the brief moment after you’ve realised what you want to do with your life, before your dream settles into becoming your job, when you’re filled with enthusiasm, meeting like-minded friends and the possibilities are endless.”

The film was shot, edited, scored and mixed in Glasgow over the course of 2012-2013 and will be released in cinemas around the world in 2014 following its world premiere at Sundance on the 18th January 2014. See: www.sundance.org/festival/release/2014-festival-us-world-and-next-films-announced

Starring Ewen Bremner and recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Grace Chilton and Tania Gardner, Exchange & Mart is a short about a boarding school girl who comes of age in the most unlikely of circumstances – during a self-defence exercise. The short is written and directed by Cara Connolly, co-directed by Martin Clark and produced by Phoebe Grigor and Maeve McMahon. Coming from a background in documentary filmmaking, Cara and Martin previously co-directed The Boccia Brothers, which screened on BBC2 in August 2012.

On being selected for the Sundance Film Festival Film, the team said:

“We are thrilled that our film has been selected for Sundance 2014. We had amazing commitment from our fantastic crew, and were honoured to work with such a great cast. We would like to thank Scottish Shorts for their help and support. Team Exchange & Mart can’t wait to be standing in the Utah winter snow. Skiing for Scotland.”

The film received support through the Scottish Shorts programme designed to discover and develop writers, directors and producers. The programme is a collaboration between Hopscotch Films and DigiCult, with funding from Creative Scotland.

Head of Development & Executive Producer at DigiCult Paul Welsh, said:

“Cara and Martin’s Sundance selection is an absolutely fantastic result for a Scottish documentary team working in narrative fiction for the first time. With the right level of investment and focused support, Scotland can generate world class filmmaking talent. Exchange and Mart is further proof of this at a key time in the development of filmmaking in the country

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