He is Professor of Screen Media at Edinburgh Napier University, director of Screen Academy Scotland and of the Institute for Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier. He makes documentaries, current affairs and drama including the BAFTA-nominated , The Butterfly Man. In 1997, he established Asylum Pictures, an independent production company whose films include the Scottish-BAFTA nominated documentary, Tree Fellers, and (as co-producer) the award-winning Fellini: I’m a born liar. Since 2008 he has led ENGAGE, an EU MEDIA-funded collaboration with the Irish, Estonian and Finnish national film schools. In 2010 he was appointed by the Scottish Government to the Board of Creative Scotland and in April 2011 he joined the Board of Creative Edinburgh. Oh and he blogs here too.
Frankly, I’m amazed he managed to find the time to come on, but he did, and we talked about the current situation with regard to the creative industries in Scotland. Is the union holding us back and how could independence improve things?
Should Scotland have its own film studio? What would be the benefits and the drawbacks?
We talked about the creative output that the referendum campaign itself has generated. Has there been anything inspiring?
And as ever, I asked why this week’s guest supports Independence for Scotland.
Oh and he’s speaking here in a personal capacity.
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