Govan Young at Govan Old

Govan Young at Govan Old

Issued: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:28:00 BST

An award-winning film which started life with a small grant from the University’s Chancellor’s Fund is set to have its UK Premiere in the magnificent surroundings of Govan Old Church on Friday 29 September.

Govan Young is a 30-minute documentary which recounts the Viking invasion of central Scotland in 870AD and the subsequent establishment of the kingdom of Strathclyde, which had its spiritual centre in Govan. The film follows a class of local schoolchildren as they embark on a journey to find the lost kingdom of Strathclyde. As they do so, they encounter kings and Vikings as they as they learn about where they live, where they come from, and who they are.

The film has had considerable success on the international film festival circuit. In April, it had its world premiere at the 9th Lucknow International Children’s Film festival in India, the largest children’s film festival in the world, and has also screened at festivals in Greece, Malta and South Korea, picking up awards in both Greece and South Korea.  The film is destined for future success and will be screened at four film festivals in October alone – two in the US and one in Canada and Greece respectively.

Dr David Archibald of the University’s 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 features Govanite Iain Robertson (River City) who also narrates.

With support from Explorathon and the Central Govan Action Plan, the church, which houses a collection of Viking-inflected burial stones, will be transferred into a high-tech pop-up cinema for the night and the screening will be followed by a wine reception.

Screening details:
Govan Old Church
Govan Road,
29th Sept. 6pm – 7.30pm

The screening is free but ticketed.

You can keep up with the film’s progress via the Facebook page.

And twitter account.

Trailer available here.

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