Settings across Perthshire and Angus could become familiar to international television audiences if a pilot film for a television series gets picked up.
Time Teens: The Beginning, written by Perth actor and director Ian Grieve and directed by Ryan Alexander Dewar, is set to premiere next month.
Although the production only had a shoestring budget £5,000 made up of sponsor contributions Ian holds high hopes for the feature-length drama with a time travel element.
“The idea for Time Teens has been with me for many years and as well as the film, there is a TV series script written and ready to shoot,” he said.
“When I started working with Ryan we knew that we had an opportunity to create something that could become a quality showpiece and give credence to the development of a film production industry in Tayside.”
Filmed on location in Perthshire and Angus in 25 days over a one-year period, it features well-known spots such as Tay Street in Perth and Glamis Castle as well as many local interior settings.
The cast of professional actors and technicians, including Ian, Andy Gray, Tom McGovern and Annie Louise Ross, was supported by community actors from the area, all of whom waived their fees and expenses in order to bring the project to fruition.
Financial and in-kind sponsorship from local individuals and businesses allowed its completion with G1’s Perth Playhouse supporting the premiere night on Sunday February 15 and a week-long public screening following the opening event.
Ian believes it could kick-start more films being shot in the area: “By showcasing Perthshire and Angus as a desirable location for other film and TV productions, we could reinvigorate the rural and city centre economies, create jobs and further promote the area as a desirable holiday destination.”
Perth Playhouse will show the film between February 20 and 26.