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60-year-old ‘lost’ film to open Glasgow Short Film Festival

Hamish Brown and Drew Wright
Hamish Brown and Drew Wright

The world premiere of a resurrected film originally from the 1950s telling the story of the Scottish Highlands will open next year’s Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Socialist filmmaking collective Dawn Cine Group started work on ‘Lost Treasure’ in 1956 but, although they shot 40 minutes of footage, the film was never finished and put into storage. Now Glasgow Short Film Festival has commissioned musicians Drew Wright (Wounded Knee) and Hamish Brown (Swimmer One) to work with filmmaker Minttu Mäntynen to rescurrect the film and it will be screened in public for the first time ever on Wednesday March 16 before touring to other venues in Scotland.

The musicians will perform a live audio-visual performance responding to the unfinished film and attempt to complete its story, which focuses on the issues causes in the Highlands by absentee landlords.

Glasgow Short Film Festival director Matt Lloyd says the Dawn Cine Group were ahead of their time and ‘Lost Treasure’ was to be their biggest project.

‘In revisiting it on the 60th anniversary of its shoot, we’re paying tribute to some of Scotland’s unsung heroes of film in a unique way,’ he adds.

Glasgow Short Film Festival, March 16-20 2016. Tickets for ‘Lost Treasure’ on sale from noon December 2. Full line-up to be announced in February.

See more film in Glasgow from Time Out.