Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Perthshire film-maker gears up for glittering career after motorcycle documentary is selected for six international festivals

Patrick Rooney
Patrick Rooney

A hair-raising sports documentary by a Perthshire film-maker has been selected for six international festivals.

Patrick Rooney’s career looks set to go up a gear after his feature on motorbike racing was booked for big screen celebrations as far afield as Italy, Canada and the home of Hollywood itself, Los Angeles.

The 24-year-old, from Blairgowrie, followed the Glasgow Tigers speedway team across the country throughout their 2019 season.

Speedway involves four riders on brakeless motorbikes racing round an oval dirt track at speeds of up to 70mph.

Patrick Rooney filming the Glasgow Tigers

The feature, In The Red, looked at every aspect of the sport, from the fan who has his own track in his back garden, to the dramatic on-track brawl that made headlines across the speedway world, and the highs of the club making the league play-offs for the fifth consecutive season.

The film also featured the club’s overhaul at the hands of owners Allied Vehicles.

Patrick is celebrating the documentary’s success after it was selected to feature at events around the global. So far it has been picked up by the Wales International Film Festival, Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival, Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival, Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest, the Sweden Film Awards and the Rome Independent Prisma Awards.

It has also been shortlisted for awards at two of them.

A promo poster for In The Red

Patrick, who runs Dear Friend Films, said: “Since the film was released on YouTube, the reaction has been really phenomenal.

“I never imagined people would watch it in their thousands like they have over the past few months in lockdown, so I’m really pleased it has succeeded in gaining attention.”

He said: “It’s an amazing feeling to have it selected for six film festivals internationally.

“To make a film that people seem to enjoy and react so positively to all around the world is really one of the ultimate goals you can have as a filmmaker – it’s something that I’ll never forget and am very humbled by.

“Speedway is a very unique sport in the sense that you can go to film a meeting with the knowledge that you are guaranteed to capture some truly daring performances from the riders on track, which makes for a very exciting and satisfying filming experience.”

Patrick added: “One of the main reasons I’m so excited and pleased about the director’s cut being selected for these various film festivals is that it will boost people’s knowledge and awareness of speedway, which was why I really wanted to make the film in the first place.

“I’m also really happy to have Allied Vehicles represented all the way throughout the film, giving them even more international recognition as the amazing sponsors behind the film.”

Patrick went to St John’s RC High School in Perth before moving to Glasgow to study digital filmmaking at the SAE Institute.

He has since spent time working with numerous production companies across Scotland, as well as producing his own work, some of which has featured on TV.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]