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The social history of Wester Hailes

Out Of The Blue

Continuing the theme of local arts and drama, do you remember Out Of The Blue?  This Wester Hailes film was the result of a training project organised by the Edinburgh Video Training Course and Moving Parts, Wester Hailes local theatre group.  The 30 minute film, shot as a television soap, followed the story of the Donnelly family, particularly mother Carol and her involvement in a housing action group.  It combined the skills of professional actors with the enthusiasm of aspiring local talents and gave local trainees the experience of working with a professional team.  60 local residents also featured in two big scenes in the Club 85 bar and the public hall.

 Experienced actors James Bryce, Maureen Carr and Eilidh Fraser took the lead roles, supported by trainees taking the other parts.  Local people were also able to get involved in the filming and production process.  The script was written by Jim Tough, co-ordinator of WHALE who said that the film

 “presents a more positive and accurate image of Wester Hailes- it’s not the horror story we usually see”

 The film was premiered at the Filmhouse before a local screening was held in Wester Hailes.  Nearly 300 people came to see it.  Do you remember seeing this film?  Or did you take part? 

 The Sentinel reported on the film’s showing in June 1993.  Click here to see the report and review Sentinel June 1993 Out Of The Blue


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