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

Promotional poster for Lift Share, by Virginia Heath

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.

Promotional poster for Lift Share, by Virginia Heath

In Lift Share, two strangers meet through an online lift share website: a young Romanian woman in desperate 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 violent, estranged father.  As they drive through the Scottish Highlands, the film moves between present and future time frames as each character imagines what they might do when they reach the Outer Hebrides.  Alone with their fears, the haunting beauty of the remote Islands helps them find escape from their past pain. The comfort that only strangers can bring enables them to share a moment of hope for the future.

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.

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