ROBBIE FRASER is a Scottish filmmaker, based in Glasgow. HAMISH is Fraser’s fourth feature film, after the comedy GAMERZ (2008) and documentaries THE BRIDGE RISING (2013), and FAMILY GOLDMINE (2014). All his films to date have been made with the support of Creative Scotland or Scottish Screen, and all have found international distribution, and worldwide festival exposure. This is the third year running that he has had a feature film premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival. His documentary portrait of comedian Norman Maclean won the Jury Prize at the Celtic Media Festival in 2009.
‘It’s been a privilege to work on a film about Hamish Henderson. He’s a wee bit lost right now, faded from view. But he needs to be re-cemented into the Scottish imagination as a poet, a makar and an inspirer of people. I hope our film will help that to happen.
It is a very emotional film, and that comes in part because the story is told only through the words of people who knew him personally over many years. I’m pretty much the only person on the production who did not know him, and I wish I had. He was clearly a benevolent, adored and empowering cultural force.
It’s brilliant that the premiere is at Glasgow. It’s the home festival for me and producer Alasdair MacCuish, and while Hamish loved Edinburgh, he was at hame here too. So we have stolen him – temporarily!’