New Shetland film receives Ellon boost

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AN ELLON businessman has announced plans to back Shetland’s fledgling movie industry with a six-figure cash injection for a locally produced film.

George Stroud, CEO of Marin Subsea, describes ‘Between Weathers’ by Jim Brown as ‘a David and Goliath struggle, with a bit of a love story’. He hopes that his investment will help encourage other film-makers to take advantage of the Northern Isles’ spectacular scenery and excellent infrastructure, as well as other investors.

“Shetland is where I come from, and I want to put something back in,” he told the Times. “The investment is a substantial six-figure sum and I have extreme confidence that it is an excellent investment.”

Mr Stroud has already met with director Jim Brown, and B4 Films who are overseeing the production. The movie charts the struggle of a local man against a multi-millionaire American developer - though director Brown has said that he devised the script before the Trump development, which many will draw parallels with.

George told the Times that the movie will be able to draw from a pool of extremely talented locals on the island.

“There are a lot of very talented folk in Shetland - I helped with the auditions, and was impressed by the calibre of those applying for parts. The film has received positive feedback from both the Toronto Film Festival, and Cannes. What I would like to see is for the island to capitalise on exposure as a film destination. We have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world in Scotland, which is sadly under-utelised.”