Howard League Scotland Film Event: On the Outside
This powerful short film tells story of four females who had previously served sentences at HMPYOI Polmont.
Directed by Paul Gray, programme leader for BA (Hons) Film at Edinburgh Napier University, On The Outside is the result of an innovative partnership between Paul, Fife College and Scottish Prison Service (SPS).
Over the course of three months, Paul worked with women within the facility – both in groups and individually – to encourage them to find their voice and share their story. Using various means of creativity – including speech, song and spoken word – participants were able to reflect on their life so far, the decisions they made alongside looking forward to what the future may hold.
“On The Outside” – which sees four actors share the stories of four of the women Paul worked with – is set completely in a car and follows a journey over the course of a day.
Filmed over five days in Edinburgh and South Queensferry last year, the script is taken from Paul’s dialogue with the women within Polmont and touches on who the women are and how they ended up in prison. The film was produced by Nasreen Saraei, a recent graduate from Edinburgh Napier’s BA (Hons) Film course.
The film also features a song and a piece of spoken word created through his sessions within the facility. The song was recorded and performed for the film by music student Matthew Cowan and acting graduate Sarah Dingwall, from Edinburgh Napier.
There will be a Q&A session with the Director following the screening.