New triumph for UofG backed film

New triumph for UofG backed film

Issued: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:29:00 BST

Govan Young, a film that saw the light of day thanks to a small grant from the UofG's Chancellor's Fund, has won the 'Cultural Exchange Award' at the Seoul Guro International Kid's Film Festival.

The film had its world premiere at the 9th Lucknow International Children's Film Festival in India earlier this year.

Dr David Archibald of the School of Culture and Creative Arts co-directed and produced the film along with Martin Clark and Cara Connolly from local production company, Connolly Clark Films.

The film follows a group of local schoolchildren from Govan’s Pirie Park Primary as, aided by Professor Stephen Driscoll, an historical archaeologist at the University of Glasgow, they learn the rarely-told story of the Viking invasion of central Scotland and the subsequent establishment of the medieval kingdom of Strathclyde, which had its spiritual centre in Govan.

David said: "There are so many films made these days that it was an honour in itself to be selected for the festival. But when I heard that we’d won the Cultural Exchange Award I was almost lost for words. Almost. I think it’s the first time that anyone has made an acceptance speech at a Korean film festival which focused on the importance of medieval Govan to an understanding of the history of Scotland. It’s been a pleasure to report back to Govan’s Pirie Park primary school that the kids are gracing the silver screen on the international film festival circuit – they are the stars of the film. Where will they pop up next? Watch this space."

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