Bringing the BAFTAs to Bo'ness

Larbert-born cinematographer Alan McLaughlin will introduce his double BAFTA winning short film ‘Lost Serenity’ at the Hippodrome later this month. 

Twenty-three-year-old Alan earned his filmmaking credentials on multi-million feature film projects like action horror franchise ‘Outpost ’ which have taken him around the world shooting in Brazil, Africa, across Europe and Asia.  But he first got behind a camera much closer to home as a member of ‘Focus – Young Filmmakers in Falkirk’ a group run by Falkirk Council’s Arts team (now Falkirk Community Trust). 

Alan said:

“It’s brilliant to have the first public screening of ‘Lost Serenity’ in the Falkirk area.  The whole film was shot locally, in Larbert, and it feels like we’re bringing the film home.

“And it’s a way for me to acknowledge where my career started.  My time at the Focus film group was what gave me the confidence and experience to go on to Napier and study filmmaking”

As well as working as director of photography on ‘Lost Serenity’, Alan co-wrote the script and developed the idea with director Ben Sharrock.  The film follows a young girl struggling to survive in a mysteriously post-apocalyptic world and casting in her lot with those she encounters as she makes her way through a desolate landscape.  The creative teaming so impressed the 2013 BAFTA New Talent judges that the short was awarded the top prize in both the Sound Design and Director of Photography categories.

Alan and Ben will be joined at the Hippodrome screening by producer Lauren Lamarr with whom Alan has been working professionally for about two years.  All the young team are making great headway in the professional world with Lauren working for the BBC as an assistant producer and freelancer.  The trio will present two other of their short films during the evening – ‘The Zealot’ a black comedy, and ‘La Chasse’ starring Gary Lewis (co-star in ‘Billy Elliot’ and currently on screens in ‘Filth’).

Alison Strauss, Arts Development Officer (Film and Media), Falkirk Community Trust said:

“I feel really proud to have Alan presenting his work at the Hippodrome.  He was a really passionate member of Focus when he was a teenager and films he worked on, even then, with the rest of the members were winning awards and recognition at the Co-Operative Film Festival and such.  I remember they worked on a great film back in 2007 about the plans for the Helix. It’s amazing to think where all those early steps have led.  Just a year after graduating from university Alan’s now doing work for the likes of Channel 4 and is set to be Director of Photography on his first feature film early next year."

‘The Zealot’, ‘La Chasse’ and ‘Lost Serenity’ screen at the Hippodrome Bo’ness on Sunday 27th October at 19:30.  Tickets (£6/£4.55) are available in person from the box office or tel: 01324 506850.

Published on Friday, 11th October 2013

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