Move On Up - Televison from the Highlands of Scotland

Arts & Documentary

An Estate Car and a PA . A Film about Willie Campbell.

Willie Campbell began his musical career with the 90's band Astrid. On the cusp of great things suddenly everything imploded. But that wasn't the biggest of Willie's problems - he had a hill to climb ahead of him. This is a very honest touching film that tells Willie's story from his beginnings in the Island of Lewis, heading to the bright lights of Glasgow and having to return home having lost everything. It looks at how his life is today and the music he is creating and follows him to Nashville to collaborate with some writers there. And it also is also a small homage to the incredible wide-ranging music scene and creative energy that exists in the isle of Lewis today. Broadcast on BBC Scotland Summer 2012
The Scots Who Fought Franco.

A two hour, two-part  documentary for STV  featuring archive interviews with some wonderful and inspirational Scottish International Brigaders from the Spanish Civil War, which we had filmed in 1990. Alan Clements, Director of Content at STV, said: “This is a tale of hope, humour, fear and honour and one which I’m confident will capture the imagination of Scots across the country.

The Scotsman gave it a thumbs up:  http://living.scotsman.com/tvradio/TV-Review-Dolce-Vito-.5553797.jp

The Downhill Racer

Move on Up Co-Produced Darren Hercher’s evocative documentary following his own family of fairground people, as they toured the Highlands one summer. This deeply moving film won the best documentary at the 2007 Celtic Film Festival
Co/Pro Move on Up/Mac TV for BBC Scotland.

Two Wheels on the Danube

Tha e ainmeil mar sgrobhaiche nobhail, deilbh chluich agus mar bhard , ach chaneil slighe Chaoimhinn MacNeill an comhnuidh re. Ach se dubhlan sonraichte a thug e dha fhein nuair a roghnaich e slighe eile a ghabhail - air da chuibhle, sios taobh an Danube.

Internationally renowned poet, bestselling novelist, acclaimed playwright, celebrated lyricist and all-round itinerant writer Kevin MacNeil has been on a voyage of discovery ever since he decided to move to Shetland and become a hermit. Ready now to face the world, he undertakes the most challenging journey of his life - facing up to himself, facing up to a huge physical task, and facing up to life's big questions as he cycles the Danube.

 

BBC ALBA  

Salt of the Earth

A film following Craig Mackay while he photographs Scottish people, both resident and from the Diaspora for a National Portrait Gallery exhibition. So far Craig has photographed Rosanne Cash, John Byrne, John Bellamy and Michael Caton Jones. 
SAC/Heritage Lottery.
True North
An hour-long documentary celebrating the wonderful Aly Bain as he approaches his 60th birthday
Co/Pro Move on Up/Mac TV for BBC Scotland.
Memories of Maxwell

A brief look at the life of writer Gavin Maxwell, with some remarkable archive and moving tributes.
Co/Pro Move on Up/Highland Productions Ex-S for BBC Scotland
The Journey

The Journey

As he travels back from his Taynuilt home to the Isle of his birth, Lewis, Scotland's greatest ever poet (in our humble opinion) Iain Crichton Smith muses on his life, his
politics and his love, interspersed with readings from his work.
Ex-S for BBC Scotland.

Rabbie

Phil Cunningham goes in search of Burns meeting all kinds of wonderful people,  playing, laughing and singing with them along the way.
Ex-S for BBC Scotland

Hugh Who?

Following a specially commissioned children’s musical about 19th C geologist and folklorist Hugh Miller.
Artworks for BBC Scotland

Craig Dunain

A history of the Victorian Highland Asylum, the Gothic building imposes upon the minds and skyline of Inverness. As it is abandoned to become new flats, this Gaelic documentary looks back at its chequered past.
Co/Pro Move on Up/Mac TV BBC Alba
This is Mackay Country

This is Mackay Country

A profile of Highland Photographer Craig Mackay. Don and the crew were snow-bound in Brora for a week making this stunning looking film, which features scored music from Donald Shaw.
Ex-S for BBC Scotland

“The sub-theme of this excellent piece was…the determination, the guts, it takes for an artist to stay true to Highland roots and confront the contradiction between remoteness and recognition.”
The Scotsman
Good Old Boys

Good Old Boys

A half hour programme which followed  the wonderful Scottish Musicians Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham on tour. Superb music and lots of hilarity.
Ex-S for BBC Scotland
Bun Gu Barr

Bun Gu Barr

A Gaelic/English documentary following the history of the band Capercaille from their early beginnings in Oban.
BBC Alba
When Summers Were Longer

When Summers Were Longer

This wee film followed the history of the Huts at Carbeth, outside Glasgow. Traditionally a place where Glasgwegian families would escape to the country, it became a place of refuge during the war and offered a taste of freedom to many city children. Features performances from Dick Gaughan and the McCluskey Brothers.
Ex-s for BBC Scotland

“Exquisite ...richly evocative...Don Coutts is an exceptional film maker”
The Daily Mail
Linwood No More

Linwood No More

As the site of the old Linwood car plant prepared to be demolished, this Ex-S for BBC Scotland followed the life of the iconic wee car the Hillman Imp, the only car to be completely made in Scotland, now a design classic. 
Ex-S for BBC Scotland

“..has the subtlety you’d expect from a director of Coutts’s calibre”.

Sunday Times

“ Cleverly held up a cinder of history, so recently turned cold.”

The Scotsman
Columba’s Crossing

Columba’s Crossing

Documentary in search of the footsteps of the Saint who brought Christianity to Scotland and following a group of modern day historians who built their own coracle and sailed it from Derry to Iona, following Columba’s original route.
Co/Pro Move on Up/Wark Clements for BBC Scotland
Highland Fling

Highland Fling

3x half hour-long programmes showcasing highlights from the  Highland Festival
Co/Pro Move on Up/MacTV (Hielan’ Umbrella) for Grampian.
Cowboys in Skirts

Cowboys in Skirts

An engaging, sideways look at the making of Oscar-nominated feature film ROB ROY, starring Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt and Tim Roth. Director Michael Caton-Jones (The Jackal/ Doc Hollywood) approached Move on Up to make the documentary after working with Don Coutts on previous projects.
ITV/United Artists

“..A beautifully crafted sparkling documentary which was a pleasure to watch.”

The Daily Mail

Red Light Zone

Titles for the ground-breaking C4 Series on Sex (our first commission!)
Channel Four
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