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Film project's focus on Scottish cowboys


By David Porter

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North-east film student Bruce Murray from Huntly has turned to the Wild West for inspiration as part of course work for his degree.

Bruce Murray filmed at Tranquility Wild West Town.
Bruce Murray filmed at Tranquility Wild West Town.

The retired printer has long held an interest in film-making, having completed several projects locally and having taken up a place at the University of the Highlands and Islands, is looking close to home for stories to be told.

As he said: “A real core of our course is telling Scottish stories and putting them on film.

“I’ve always enjoyed making films and have worked with groups like the local Nordic Ski squad.

“I’d seen Tranquility on the TV in the Shed of the Year, but I’d never actually been even thought its pretty close. I got in touch with Alistair the owner and we talked through some ideas.

“Tranquility’s been used many times over the years for everything from student projects to media campaigns and members are pretty experienced.

“However, the coronavirus restrictions meant that I could only work with two cast.”

Bruce’s work is based on a Doric Western for folks who fall within the Scottish diaspora.

It shows the importance of the Scottish drovers to the history of the cowboy when they emigrated over to America.

The first part was made as a short trailer which will become a 10-minute short for film festivals and his degree project and which he says may then be extended to a fuller 30 minute feature.

Bruce said: “It’s been great to

put my own angle on the western story and tell it from the Scottish perspective of those who went out to the west, starting at the beginning of the 18th century through to the heyday of the cowboy.”

He added:”Hopefully by April next year restrictions will be lifted enough and we can have our degree show at Eden Court in Inverness.”



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