Up Helly Aa / Ripple World Pictures / Present in association with Creative Scotland / FFfilm Cymru Wales / Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland
producer: Kathy Speirs co-producer: Suzanne Reid co-producers: Dominic Wright, Jaqueline Kerrin writers: Raymond Friel and Derek Boyle director: Philip John
A Celtic road trip following teenage stepbrothers Michael and Thor from Shetland to Glasgow aspiring singer Caitlin beguiles both boys and passions come to a head with a music festival and an ancient Norse ceremony as the backdrop.
Tara Lee (The Fall, A date for Mad Mary), Jack Parry-Jones (Bang, Attrition), Christy O’Donnell (Knuckledust, Find me in Paris), Shauna Macdonald (The Descent, Nails), Denis Lawson (Local Hero, Bleak House), Tam Dean Burn (Shell, Miss Julie) Kate Bracken (Calibre, One of Us), Niall Greig Fulton (Sunset Song, Let us Prey), Jamie Sives (Guilt, Wibar wants to kill himself), Claire Cage (Submarine, Just Jim), Sheila Donald (The Steamie, New Town Killers).
Original soundtrack: Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
distribution & awards
Best International First Feature – Galway Film Fleadh 2016.
Nominated for a Bafta Scotland award for Best Film
Best Actor (Jack Parry Jones) – BAFTA Cymru
Audience award at the IFFMH
Best Film & Best Actor – Newport Beach Film Festival 2017.