European award for VOMO film

AFTEr tasting success in Scotland, a film produced by Voice of My Own (VOMO) and Choose Life in the Scottish Borders, and involving a number of youngsters from Berwickshire, was recently awarded third place at a European awards ceremony.

‘That’s Not Me’ received the accolade at the 10th European Camera Zizanio Meeting of Young People’s Audiovisual Creation awards for film making in the 13-16 years age group.

This award at the event in Greece follows the film’s recent win at the Discovery Film Festival in Dundee where it was awarded Best Scottish Youth Film and also collected the award for Best Screenplay.

‘That’s Not Me’, which features Duns youngster Daniel Hutchison in a leading role and a few Duns Youth Centre regulars as extras, is a powerful drama showing the difficulties faced by young people with mental health problems. It was developed by a group of young people, with support and guidance from VOMO and Lisa Surgey from Penumbra Youth Project.

It was directed by VOMO Screen-school Co-ordinator, Robert Sproul-Cran who explained: “’That’s Not Me…’ was a sensitive subject, and the production team put real thought into making it work both as an education project and a drama. They tackled the whole range of tasks including scripting, appearing on screen and working behind the camera in a thoroughly professional manner.”

Finance for the film came from Choose Life funding which supports suicide prevention activity across the Scottish Borders Council area, with part funding from LEADER.

Haylis Mackay, Choose Life Development Officer at Scottish Borders Council said: “It was an honour to fund such an excellent piece of film making which has been shown to colleagues across Scotland working in education and suicide prevention with very positive results.

“We now hope to produce an education pack to go with the film and enable it to be used within schools to support the mental wellbeing of our young people.”