Zombie project gets new lease of life

An award-winning youth arts project in Paisley based on zombies has gained a new lease of life.

Last year, the Zombie project involved young people from Ferguslie Park who took part in creative workshops in make-up techniques, costume design and performance.

The outcome was a film and graphic novel that scooped two awards: the national Creative Scotland Awards 2012 for ‘the best community arts project’ and the ‘Youth project of the year’ at the Positive About Youth Awards.

Now, the success of the project has led to a youth arts group continuing its work in developing graphic novels to encourage more young people to take part in creative arts.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said: “The staggering success of the original Zombie project has lead to the creation of a youth arts group in Ferguslie Park area.

“Young people are now working with a professional illustrator to create their next graphic novel and this will be used by school libraries throughout Renfrewshire to support young people with literacy issues.

“This project has been funded by the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Fund and the novel will be launched in April 2013. This is a great example of how community involvement generates even more opportunities.”

The youth arts group has also held workshops with creative professionals from the film industry and graphic novel sector, including award-winning actor Kate Dickie; award winning comic artist Gary Erskine and filmmaker Marc de Launey.

These sessions were designed to inspire young people to consider a career in the creative sector.


For more information, contact Mary Baillie, Renfrewshire Council Communications department, 0141 618 7389.


Just a quick note to say a HUGE thanks to everyone who has supported the Paisley Film Society. It’s been a great year so far, and as we near the end of our first season at the Paisley Arts Centre, its time to look back over whats been a great few months. And it wouldn’t have happened without you! So thank you!!

At the start of June we applied for funding from Regional Screen Scotland to help us run a February Film Fiesta, but unfortunately we have not been lucky with that funding bid. However . . . fear not! Our next port of call shall be the Lottery, and hopefully we will be able to get enough money to run a fantastic week long programme of films and workshops for all.

Our final two films are Persepolis (screening tonight, as part of Refugee Week) and Dirty Dancing (Tuesay 29th June).

We will be taking a break over the summer, but looking ahead to Autumn Winter, our schedule of films has been confirmed. Basic details are on our the front page of website ( Do go and have a look (scroll down to the bottom of the home page).

Thanks again for all your support so far – do continue to support your local film club and we’ll take it from strength to strength.

All the best


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Adolf Hitler’s deputy’s ill-fated solo flight to be plot for new film.

Filmmakers were in Paisley Two weeks ago looking at locations as reported by Westender of

The ill-fated solo flight by Adolf Hitler’s deputy has inspired a Hollywood film.

Filmmaker Neil Marshall is planning to turn the story of the infamous plane crash that ended an attempt by Rudolf Hess to woo the Royal Family into a controversial blockbuster.

In a bid to contact Prince George, the Duke of Kent, in 1941, Hess parachuted out of his Messerschmitt fighter above Renfrewshire.

It is believed that his mission was to recruit Britain as a German ally. Instead he was swiftly arrested by a farmhand wielding a pitch fork and held at Army barracks in Glasgow.

Marshall said: “It’s about a hypothetical rescue attempt on Rudolf Hess after he parachuted into Scotland.”

Hess was found guilty of war crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment in West Berlin’s Spandau prison, where he committed suicide in 1987.

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Video From Paisley Film Maker David Baker.

Mission X (Paisley Arts Centre Tuesday 16th March 2010)

Poor Grant. He’s only trying to make it as a documentary film maker, when he gets a break – an interview with a real tough guy – a mercenary, gun for hire, bona fide bad guy. All is going well for Grant. He can hear the compliments, see the awards and is mentally rehearsing his interview on Newsnight with Kirsty Wark. Then things start to unravel and Grant is pulled into a situation he never imagined and he’d sooner forget.

Mission X . . . marks the spot for local film maker David Baker. Come see this locally filmed flick, with plenty of opportunity to ask the man himself after the screening.

Mission X screens on Tuesday 16th March at 7.30pm
(Note: Strong language used throughout.)
Members £3 Non Members £5/£4
And . . . the chance to vote for your Buddies Choice is coming to a close. It’s been a tough fight between The Usual Suspects and Passport to Pimlico. Voting closes tomorrow! Vote here:


“Mission X” feature film by local filmmaker screens at the Paisley Arts Centre. For more information please click here.

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Mission X Blog here


Just a reminder that at the Arts Centre this week is our first matinee. Starting at 2pm sharp, get your legwarmers looked out, limber up and come see Step Up 2 The Streets.

Next Tuesday is our second week-day screening. Is Anybody There? starring Michael Caine. For more information on this, and the other screenings we have coming up, visit our webpage; . Click here too to keep up to date with whats going on behind the scenes via our blog.

Members £3 entry, non members £5 (£4 conc).


Paisley Film Society Takes To The Airwaves

BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth has invited Paisley Film Society onto her popular Movie Cafe show.  Janice will be finding out more about the Society and what can be expected from their forthcoming Spring/Summer programme.  The live interview will take place on Thursday 19th November from 1pm.  Buddies can listen in on 92-95 FM & 810 MW, or tune in via the internet:

More information about the Society is on their website:



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