Insight into life on the border

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A TV producer from Norham has created a series of short films which shine a light on daily life for the people who live and work right on the border.

Harriet Grecian, 27, is based in London. Inspired by the Scottish independence referendum, she has been returning home regularly since February to work on her series of documentaries along with Berwick-based Borders photographer Zoe Lang.

With so much of the international media’s attention now focussed on the Borders and north Northumberland area, Harriet hopes that her project will dispel some myths and focus on the individuals who will be affected more than most by the outcome of the Scottish referendum.

“I started off speaking to friends and family about the referendum and went from there,” Harriet explained.

“There has obviously been a lot of attention on the Scotland-England border. I wanted to gauge the opinion of those who live close to the border and cross the border regularly. I started speaking to people in different walks of life, asking them what the border means to them.

“The idea is to give an insight into what life is really like for them as individuals and how they might be affected by the outcome of the referendum.”

Born in Coldstream, Harriet describes herself as a Scottish Borderer but has moved back and forwards across the border many times.

She attended Berwick Middle School and Longridge Towers before studying at Edinburgh University.

She’s been based in London, on and off, for the past four years carving out a career for herself as a TV producer.

For the past year she has been working as a freelance for Associated Press, an international news agency which has its headquarters in New York.

Her work has taken her around the world.

Although she does not get a vote in the referendum, she has been transfixed by the debate and the campaign as it has unfolded.

She might even travel to Edinburgh tomorrow so that she can be in the Scottish capital when the result is announced.

Harriet has been working on her documentary project in her own time and “just wants to get it out there.”

Her films will form part of a fringe event running this week alongside the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.

On the Fringe was launched last year to run alongside the main festival and returns this year with more documentaries and art.

It gives local artists and film makers the opportunity and space to show their work in Berwick and has doubled in size following last year’s successful launch.

Building on the success of last years launch, On the Fringe has doubled in size.

Hosted at 10a Bridge Street, Harriet’s documentaries will be shown on a loop from today (Thursday) until Sunday along with works from other local artists and producers.

On the Fringe Art and Film Event opens Thursday, September 18, until Sunday, September 21, 11am-6pm at 10a Bridge Street.