For a gay teenager, jail is hell, and attempting to gain acceptance is a risky business.

Our team worked closely with prisoners in Scotland's youth prison HMYOI Polmont to create this award winning short film. Our unique approach included a story drawn from the prisoners world, with them performing on all key roles to create a truly authentic film.

The short was filmed over five days with the core crew of Writer/Director, Graham Fitzpatrick, Producer Sarah Drummond, Cinematographer Steven Cook, Sound Recordist Dougie Fairgrieve, Make Up Artist Gillian Johnston and Actor Elek Kish from Screen Education Edinburgh working with inmates both in front and behind the camera.

Colours screened around the world  from Sweden to to Korea and back to its home Country Scotland, winning the coveted Best UK Short Film at East End Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals in the UK.

Colours was also one of the BFI’s films to watch at London Short Film Festival, was nominated for both the Scottish Short Film Award and Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film at Glasgow Short Film Festival, nominated for Best Fiction Film at Tabor International Film Festival, nominated for Best Film at Interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival, featured amongst a Best of European Shorts retrospective at Upssala International Short Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2014 British Academy Scotland Awards (BAFTA).


‘Behind the Bars – The Making of Colours’: