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Shetland Arts is excited to announce the first feature film in this year’s edition of Screenplay - Riptide.

Discharged from a psychiatric hospital, Jacob (Tim Barrow) attempts to resume his life in Edinburgh, control his schizophrenia and be a worthy member of society. Frustrated by his banal existence and encouraged by his psychiatrist (David Whitney) to seek fulfilling opportunities, Jacob sets off to the Highlands. By the sea he finds the charismatic Eva (Elspeth Turner), who claims to be the daughter of Ingmar Bergman.

With music and composition from acclaimed folk musicians Mairi Campbell and Fiona Rutherford, in addition to Toby Mottershead and Phillip Pinsky, Riptide is a cinematic journey through mental health and highland landscapes.

I’m thrilled that our new film has been selected by Screenplay, and can’t wait to show Riptide to a vibrant Shetland audience in the amazing Mareel. (Tim Barrow, Director)

One of the aims of Screenplay is to promote films made by Scottish film makers. This will be Tim's third visit to the festival since it began. We thoroughly appreciated his first two feature films, and we're really looking forward to seeing this one. (Kathy Hubbard, Curator)

More news on the Screenplay programme will be on the way soon. The festival runs from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 September 2021. The festival will run in accordance with COVID guidelines in place during September. More information can be found here, and by following Screenplay on Facebook by searching ScreenplayFilmFestival.

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