Elgin High Street set for a spectacular cinematic Christmas show

A £40,000 grant from Creative Scotland will see Elgin’s High Street become a giant cinema in the run up to Christmas.

Moray arts company Wildbird are behind a plan to create ‘Street Screen’, which will see over 50 short films featuring local people projected on to the windows of buildings in and around the city centre.

A pop-up studio will be created by Wildbird in the St Giles Centre as a base for the production of the short films.

Chris Lee, a Cabrach-based artist, is one of the Wildbird directors behind the plan. He said: “We are now looking for people to appear in the films.

“This is not the X-Factor – we don’t want people to come along and do a turn. Instead we are looking for anyone who can do or say something interesting.

“It might be something serious and hard-hitting, or they might be having a furious argument. It is all down to the people of Moray – we are really curious and excited about discovering what people are going to come up with.

“We want the project to be unique and unusual – we want it to bring people from far and wide to come into town to witness it. Look up above the shops the next time you are walking along the High Street and you will see scores of empty windows because the rooms are empty and unused.”

Partnering Mr Lee in the project is the Kingston-based film maker Graeme Rodger, who previously worked with Mr Lee on productions for the National Theatre of Scotland.

Anyone wishing to appear on film or who believe they can offer assistance behind the scens is asked to contact the company by email to info@wildbird.org.uk.

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