‘Directed by North Merchiston’ – five extraordinary films with care home residents



‘Directed by North Merchiston’ – five extraordinary films with care home residents

Scottish Care is privileged to have been involved in this innovative project with Luminate and film maker Duncan Cowles

Scottish Care is delighted to have hosted the first public premiere of ‘Directed by North Merchiston’: a series of short films by Duncan Cowles in conjunction with residents of Four Seasons’ North Merchiston care home in Edinburgh.
The films were shown at Scottish Care’s annual Care Home Conference in Glasgow on 18 November, in front of over 450 delegates from across the health and social care sector.

The project was the brainchild of Duncan Cowles, a BAFTA Scotland Award winning documentary filmmaker. He said:
“One of the biggest issues for older generations today is loneliness. I wanted to give the residents of North Merchiston Care Home a voice. So, instead of me coming in with my camera and making films about the people living there, I wanted the residents to think of themselves as the filmmakers and develop the stories they’d personally like to tell.”

The project was commissioned by Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, and was supported by Scottish Care. It had its first screening in front of North Merchiston residents, families, staff and project partners as part of the Luminate festival in October.

Teasers for each film can be accessed below:






The full films will be available in early 2017 for public viewing.

For more information about the films, contact Duncan Cowles –


[email protected]

Last Updated on 17th November 2016 by Scottish Care

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