On the road – to the Outer Hebrides

Two for the road: producer Grant Keir of Faction North and Virginia Heath looking forward to world première of Lift Share at EIFF. Photo: Richard Mowe

Director and Art and Design Research Centre Professor of Film, Virginia Heath and producer Grant Keir of Faction North will screen their short film, Lift Share, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) on the 27th June.

Edinburgh International Film Festival offers what the curators collectively describe as “a thrilling showcase of the finest brand-new short films from across the globe” in various thematic sections – Dream Images, Optics, Resistant Bodies and for UK talent Firecracker and Kaleidoscope.

The EIFF world premiere of Lift Share (in UK2: Kaleidoscope) marks the start of what they hope will be an attention-grabbing summer for the film with submissions to Locarno and Toronto to follow and who knows what else.

Shot over a crisp six days on the Isle of Harris and Lewis (Outer Hebrides), Lift Share is a road movie of sorts about a Romanian woman seeking to reunite with her lost child. She signs up for a lift with a musician setting out from Edinburgh to attend his estranged father’s funeral. Both have personal journeys and family conflicts to reconcile, unfolding in different time frames, as they head North.

The world première of Lift Share is part of EIFF Shorts – UK2: Kaleidoscope screening at Cineworld 18.20 on Wednesday 27 June.