Professor Virginia Heath’s new film ‘Lift Share’ featured on Eye for Film in advance of world premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Still from 'Lift Share' directed by Professor Virginia Heath. With logos from EIFF and Eye for Film, from respective websites.

Online film review Eye for Film this week published a piece by International Federation of Film Critic Richard Mowe about Professor Virginia Heath‘s upcoming film Lift Share in advance of the world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Wednesday 27 June.

See here for the review, which features an interview with Virginia.

Lift Share is a short drama film, made with support from Scottish Film Talent Network, An Comhairle (Western Isles Council), Faction North, Kolik Films and the Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC) at Sheffield Hallam University.

In Lift Share, two strangers meet through an online lift share website: a young Romanian woman in search of a child that was forcibly taken from her and a Scottish musician returning to the Isle of Harris to face up to the death of his estranged father. As they drive the long miles from Glasgow to the Outer Hebrides, they gradually challenge each other to reveal their real reasons for making the journey. As they approach the ferry that will take them to the islands, his crisis of confidence forces her to think again about her future. Alone amidst the haunting beauty of the Scottish wilderness they find escape, emotional truth and understanding, enabling them to face the past and move on.

Professor Virginia Heath is a Professor of Film in the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, and is a writer, film-maker and researcher. Virginia has written and directed several award winning films and her films are screened at international film festivals including Berlin, Cannes, The Hamptons, New York, Vancouver, St Petersburg. Virginia’s projects include My Dangerous Loverboy (2009)  a powerful multi-platform project addressing human-trafficking and sexual-exploitation which formed the basis of an outstanding Impact Case Study  for Unit of Assessment 34: Art & Design (History, Theory & Practice) in REF2014, and From Scotland with Love (2014) a feature-length poetic documentary combining archive footage and original music composition which received a BAFTA Scotland nomination.