‘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

‘Directed by North Merchiston’ is a series of short films by Duncan Cowles in conjunction with residents of Four Seasons’ North Merchiston care home in Edinburgh.

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.  The films had their first screening in front of North Merchiston residents, families, staff and project partners as part of the Luminate festival in October.  Some of the films were also shown at Scottish Care’s annual Care Home Conference in November 2016.

**Please note, one of the films (Keep Your Eyes Open and Your Mouth Shut) can only be viewed by entering a password on the Vimeo site. To be sent the password, please contact [email protected] **


Last Updated on 12th December 2019 by Scottish Care