Full write-up in the Daily Record.  yas!  Well done tae yees aw!

BUDDING young acting talent from a Greenhills youth group made the step from stage to big screen with their short film ‘The East Kilbride Incident’.

The youngsters’ hard work and commitment during the 10 week project was recognised and rewarded at a premier screening at Hamilton’s Vue Cinema on Thursday, attended by Provost Eileen Logan and compered by River City actress Keira Lucchessi as part of a youth film festival.

Working in partnership with the VASLan (Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire) media project, the group were involved in every aspect of the film including writing the script, sound, lighting, camera work and also spent time making props for the set during the CUPI arts and crafts sessions.

To the astonishment and delight of the group, as well as the parents and carers who attended, the film won the Best Film award from the judging panel.

‘The East Kilbride Incident’ highlights the complex issues around bullying.

It was produced as part of the South Lanarkshire Youth Film Festival and was shown alongside five other entries, two of which were from long established drama groups.

CUPI chairman John Park said: “This is a tremendous achievement by the aspiring young thespians of CUPI. I cannot emphasise enough how proud I am of each and every one of them and I know their parents and carers will feel the same.

“They were delighted to be part of the project and due to the standard and experience of the other film-makers I don’t think they expected to win, so I hope this shows them, and other young people what they are capable of achieving with the proper focus and commitment.

“I must thank VASLan for providing the opportunity for CUPI to participate in this inspiring project and showing them how to express themselves through the medium of film.”

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