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Tav MacDougall, Coronation Street

Tav MacDougall in Coronation Street

Tav McDougall is a talented Scottish actor who deserves a wider audience.  I first met Tav when he appeared as Danny in my play, Multiple Choice.  Delighted to hear that he filmed scenes yesterday for a forthcoming episode of Coronation Street.  Well done, mate.

Armistice 100 Project

Delighted to have been one of the writers 

in this interesting and thought-provoking 

project.  Turns out the design was as 

good as the content ;)

26 characters, Armistice 100, Drum Awards

Hipster Films

Hipster's new website is now up and running at

Hipster have optioned the thriller feature, Those Promises Made (wt), which is in development.  

My Loneliness Is Killing Me, BAFTA Scotland, Jamie Robson

Congratulations to the team behind My Loneliness Is Killing Me

Congratulations to everyone involved in, My Loneliness Is Killing Me, which has just won 

Best Short Film in the British Academy Scotland Awards 2018.  And a special well done to 

Jamie Robson, who also recently played the lead in our proof of concept short for Out There.

Possible 2019 project with Matt McWilliams

Pleased about a collaboration with LA based Minnesotan, Matt McWilliams, writer/director of the horror feature, Chupacabra Territory.  Matt's picked up my short horror, Run and is hopeful about getting started on it next year -  

Matt McWilliams, Run, Chupacabra Territory
Out There, Blue Iris Films, David Lumsden, Jamie Robson, Doug Russell, Iain MacRae, Sefa Ucbas, Rasmus Rani, Erika Lesse

Out There p.o.c. short completed

The proof of concept short is now completed.  It's not available to view as yet, but here's a little behind the scenes, shot by Danny Bonnar -   

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Left: Erika Lesse (Editor), Rasmus Rani and Sefa Ucbas (Ass Camera).

Out There, Elevator Audio, Scottish Horror,  European Genre Forum

Out There - it's nearly done

Director David Lumsden has spent time this week with the guys at Elevator Audio (@elevator_audio) on the sound mix, so we're now just a step or two away from the completed Out There p.o.c. short.  Another positive step forward on the 'Out There' journey.

Out There proof of concept almost ready

Just seen the rough cut of our Out There proof of 

concept short and it's looking great. Well done David Lumsden ( and Erika Lesse ( Stills show -  

Jamie Robson -,  

Doug Russell -, and 

IainMacrae -

Out There, David Lumsden, Blue Iris Films, Jamie Robson, Doug Russell, Iain Macrae, Scottish horror
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Book cover for the 26 Armistice project

Pleased to be one of the 100 writers taking part in the Armistice 100 Days project.  Here's the cover of the book that will soon be available.  More information can be seen at

Need a Storyboard artist?

An example of storyboard artist David 

Cameron Newbigging's work for our proof 

of concept short for the feature, Out There,

with Jamie Robson playing the lead, Michael.   

David Cameron Newbigging, Jamie Robson, Out There, David Lumsden, Blue Iris Films, Katie Crook

James Deegan's debut novel, 

Once A Pilgrim, really is a cracker!

Audible, hardback and paperback versions!!  Maybe I'm overdoing it?  Supporting my good friend, James Deegan's 

debut novel, Once A Pilgrim, for the Facebook HQ Stories, #BeAPilgrim competition.  If you buy a copy (and you really should), you too can post a daft selfie

James Deegan MC, Once A Pilgrim, John Carr,
Out There, Creative Scotland, Market Leaders Programme, Festival de Cannes.
Out There, Creative Scotland, Market Leaders Programme, Festival de Cannes.

Delighted to say that Katie is headed to Cannes,                   as part of the Market Leaders programme supported by Creative Scotland. To arrange a meeting please email [email protected] Representing horror feature OUT THERE and political drama GREENHAM. There from 11th-14th May.

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Producer, Katie Crook (Blue Iris Films) will be out at Cannes as part of the Market Leaders programme supported by 

Creative Scotland.  She'll be representing our horror feature in development, Out There and political drama, 

Greenham.  She'll be there from 11th to 14th May and can be contacted via email at [email protected] 

Peter Mullan, Royal Conservatoire

Peter Mullan to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Drama from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

This post has nothing to do with me, but as I'll always be extremely grateful to Peter Mullan for appearing in my first short film, The Neighbours (hard to believe it was 9 years ago),   I was delighted to hear that he's to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Drama from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in July.  Not only is Peter a fantastic actor, he's also one of the good guys.

Out There - a Scottish horror feature

Our feature script Out There continues to gather momentum. In 2017 it was selected as one of eight European projects for the European Genre Forum (, having previously been selected as a project to pitch at the Glasgow International Film Festival.  With an experienced Exec Producer and successful co-Producers now onboard and various other interesting things going on in the background, here's hoping that we can build on this during 2018.

Out There Scottish horror feature, Blue Iris Films, David Lumsden, European Genre Forum,
Producer James Heath

New project with Producer James Heath, Dresden Pictures

Delighted to be working with Producer James Heath and Dresden Pictures ( on a new project, a gritty Scottish drama, Rite of Passage.  If you click on the image you can read an interview that James has just done with Exit 6 Film Festival about his recent experiences on the 2018 Berlinale Talents programme.

Discussing 'Out There' at Glasgow Film Festival

Feb 23 2018

On Thurs 1st March, Director David Lumsden and I will be speaking about, Out There, our feature in development, during a panel discussion at the CCA Theatre, entitled, Case Studies: Journey of a First Genre Feature. 

"Join Olivier Kaempfer, Production Executive at Film London, as he discusses the development journeys of two genre films by first time feature filmmakers. What are the biggest pitfalls and barriers on the road to getting your first film made? What are the best tips to getting your film financed? Olivier is joined by the team behind the thriller Zero, which has recently been made through Film London’s Microwave feature filmmaking scheme, as well the team developing their Scottish horror, Out There, through the European Genre Forum."