Written & directed by Robin Haig

Produced by David Hancock & Kat Hebden

In a small Scottish town, a teenage girl is forced to visit her grandfather. When his infirmity turns their outing from a chore into outright humiliation, she must make a stark choice: his dignity or her own?

Rowan, the young girl, is played by Kirsty Mackay, a drama student at the RSAMD in Glasgow. With a background in theatre, Saltmark is her first film. Rowan´s grandfather is played by James Martin who is a regular in Still Game and has also had roles in Rebus, Taggart and Solid Air.

Saltmark is the second short film written and directed by Robin Haig. Born in Scotland in 1980, she graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2002. Her first commissioned film was Dear Dad, a strong autobiographical portrait of the relationship with her father. Dear Dad was nominated for two Scottish BAFTA New Talent Awards – Best First Time Director and Best New Work.

Saltmark was produced by David Hancock and Kat Hebden, who together run the Glasgow based production company Blindside.

Kat Hebden has a MA in Film and Television Studies from Glasgow University. She started her career in advertising working for Scotland´s largest commercial production company, MTP for several years before moving on to 55degrees where she produced several short films, music promos, commercials and short documentaries. She was recently nominated for a Scottish Bafta for a Bridging the Gap documentary ´Irene´.

David Hancock produced his first short through Cineworks in 2003. Since then he has worked in production on a number of films, commercials and corporates, including four years on network drama for ITV. He was recently nominated for a Scottish BAFTA New Talent Award.

Running time 10.40 mins


Saltmark is now available to watch on the BBC Film Network.

Film Stills

Production Stills

Screenings & Awards

Cromarty Film Festival, Scotland, December, 2009.

Vendome Film Festival, France, Dec 2009 - Selected from the European Competition.

Glasgow Film Theatre - Saltmark will screen alongside The Agent, a blackly comic drama about a desperate writer, directed by Lesley Manning and starring William Beck, Stephen Kennedy and Maureen Lipman. Screening times: Sunday 27 September at 5.45pm and Monday 28 September at 1.00pm

KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Young People, Berlin, Nov 2009.

Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, Nominated for Best Newcomer, London, UK, July 2009.

Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, June 2009.

Mo & Friese Children's Short Film Festival, part of the International Short Film Festival Hamburg, Germany, June 2009.

Dresden International Short Film Festival, Germany, April 2009.

Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol, Nov 2008.


Rowan - Kirsty Mackay

Grandfather - James Martin

Girl 1 - Nicole Perry
Girl 2 - Elaine McNicol
Girl 3 - Kimberly Neill
Chip Shop Man - Andy Townsley

Written & Directed by - Robin Haig

Produced by - David Hancock & Kat Hebden

Executive Producer for UK Film Council - Julia Caithness
Executive Producer for Scottish Screen - Robbie Allen
Executive Producer for GMAC - Dale Corlett
Executive Producer for Shortcuts - Karen O´Hare

Director of Photography - Ole Bratt Birkeland
Focus Puller - Gordon McMillian
Camera Assistant - Magnus Graham
Production Designer - Amanda Currie
Art Department Assistant - Stuart Burnett
Gaffer - Derrick Ritchie
Script Supervisor - Karen Wood
Script Development - Kate Leys
Sound Recordist - Tim Dyer
Stills Photographer - Pieter van der Houwen
Production Manager - Ruth Jackson
1st Assistant Directors - Jo Hutcheon & Marissa Carrara
3rd Assistant Director - Max McNally
Costume Designer - Carole K. Fraser
Costume Assistant - Katy Derby
Make-up Artist - Hollie Armstrong
Editor - John Sackey
Dubbing Mixer - Dan Lyth
Composer - John Harris
Colourist - Joe Speirs
Runners - Moe Abutoq, Elizabeth Edgar, Lauren Gourlay & David Hayman
Director´s Mentor - Morag McKinnon
GMAC Short Film Coordinator & Pre-commission Story Developer - Kathy Speirs
GMAC Short Film Assistant - Claire English

Thanks To:

Eileen Byrne, Chris Camerson, Kahleen Crawford, Liam Elder, Jim Fleming,
Marco van Geffen, David Griffith, Susan Haig, Amanda Hallson, Michael Higson, Pieter van der Houwen, Roland Keane, Amanda Keowan, Jolien Laarman, Craig Latta, Liz Lochhead, Bovy Mackinnon, Brain McCormick, Mark Puffet, Lynsey Sinnamon, Patrice Toye, The Dubbing Theatre, Castlevecchi Café Paisley, Linda Campbell & Stuart Cadenhead at WriteCameraAction!

Special Thanks To:

Mark Templeton & Michelle Crawford at the Melbourne Fry, Saltcoats
Johnathan Paterson and all at Adelaide Biblical College, Saltcoats


Blindside Productions

64-68 Brand Street
G51 1DG
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)141 427 7754
Fax: +44 (0)141 555 0180

Robin Haig


Saltmark Premieres on the 25th of November 2008 at Encounters Short Film Festival
Official Selection for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009

Official Selection Rushes Soho Shorts Festival