Award-winning Larbert cameraman travels to Lewis for latest adventure

Alan McLaughlin
Alan McLaughlin

A globetrotting cameraman is about to film the lives and times of the local heroes of a Hebridean island in his award-winning lense.

Last year Alan McLaughlin (23) defied the odds and brushes with deep vein thrombosis and meningitis upon his return from Africa to capture a director of photography BAFTA for his work on the film ‘Lost Serenity’.

Now the former Larbert High School pupil is about to head over choppy waters to the Isle of Lewis on his latest film making odyssey.

Alan said: “We’re going up there later this month for a week of filming for the ‘Tide’. We’ve had a very successful round of funding for the film and are currently £2000 over the mark we need to be at.”

Directed by Gordon Napier, the ‘Tide’ cast is headed by top Scots actor Gary Lewis, who has starred in ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Gangs of New York’ and is currently involved in the new Hollywood television series ‘Outlander’, also being filmed in Scotland.

‘Tide’ tells the story of lobster fisherman Alasdair (Lewis) who believes he witnesses a suicide from the coastal cliffs. However, when he rushes to where the man fell in there is no trace of anyone to save.

When he makes inquiries in his close-knit island community it turns out there is no record of anyone missing, no body is found and people start to doubt he even saw the incident at all.

Running alongside this mystery is Alasdair’s struggle to provide for his wife and young son and a looming wind farm project which threatens to transform the very land he has known all his life.

After withdrawing from his family and the community, Alasdair finds himself drawn to the cliffs and develops a fascination with the man he believes he saw die. He begins to question his own mortality in a world where a man can vanish into the sea and not be missed.

Alan said: “We were up there last month to scout locations and met a lot of the local people. We’re trying to invest in the local economy as much as we can.

“There’s only one Tesco there and it only gets stocked once a week, so you have to give them your order for the things you want in advance.”

As well as gaining the blessing and backing of local people and businesses, ‘Tide’ has been championed by ‘Outlander’ writer and famed Hollywood scribe Diana Gabaldon and one of the storyboard artists behind blockbuster film ‘Captain America’.

“We’ve had a lot of help and support from a lot of good people on this film,” said Alan, who has enjoyed a busy and successful career since he left Napier University.

If this month’s shoot goes as planned, ‘Tide’ will be released in September, by which time Alan will be off on his travels again on another exciting project that will see him moving onwards and upwards.

“I’m going to be working on a feature film in Liverpool. This is the first time I will be working with the first unit. I’ve done feature films before but up until now I’ve been working with the second unit.”