The Filmmakers

Alastair Cole - Director

Colours of the Alphabet is the latest in a series of documentaries directed by New Zealand born Alastair Cole on the subtle, intimate and often amusing reality of living in a multilingual world.

Alastair’s first film captured the foreign tongue of the Glaswegian, foreign that is to the most recent recruits from Poland to drive the buses in Glasgow. The film C’moan Get Aff won the Polyglot Film Competition in 2011.

This short film was followed by an intimate exploration of multi-lingual love across southern Europe, with 6 couples whom all have different mother tongues to each other. The resulting film, Do You Really Love Me? featured 12 different languages and premiered at Cannes Critics Week in 2011.

Alastair followed this with a humorous investigation into the phenomena of Pikku Kalle, a figure of fun in Finland, not unlike the concept of a village idiot, whose existence each villager ascribes to their neighbours but never to themselves. Pikku Kalle screened as part of Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.

Colours of the Alphabet is Alastair Cole’s first feature length documentary and sees him work with Lansdowne Productions and producer Nick Higgins for the first time.

Nick Higgins - Producer

Colours of the Alphabet is produced by Nick Higgins, whose previous feature documentary, the BAFTA Scotland nominated, We Are Northern Lights was the breakaway hit of GFF 13 and the first ever Scottish documentary to receive a theatrical release from the Cineworld network.

Nick has been the producer and executive producer on several feature length documentaries including the 2008 Best Human Rights Documentary, A Massacre Foretold, 2009 Refugee Film Festival Best Documentary, The New Ten Commandments directed by Tilda Swinton, Irvine Welsh and Douglas Gordon amongst others.

Colin Monie - Editor

One of the Scotland’s most highly regarded editors, Glasgow born Colin has twenty years’ experience in both film and television, always working on high quality productions but noticeably favouring home-grown Scottish projects. Early in his career he edited actor and filmmaker Peter Mullan’s pivotal short film Fridge; the beginning of a working relationship that subsequently saw him editing Orphans, The Magdalene Sisters and Neds.

Colin’s film credits also include director David Mackenzie’s Young Adam and Hallam Foe, while his documentary editing work includes Future My Love, Jig and We Are Northern Lights. He is currently editing Kenny Glenann’s latest feature project.

Ged Fitzsimmons - PMD

Ged is a Glasgow based Producer of Marketing & Distribution who, after an early career in film journalism, social media and marketing has worked on successful UK documentaries such as THE BRIDGE RISING (2013), FAMILY GOLDMINE (2014) and more recently the multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed documentary THE CLOSER WE GET (2015).

He helped launch HAMISH - a feature documentary about Scottish cultural icon Hamish Henderson at Glasgow Film Festival and is currently developing a new feature drama based on a novella by Irvine Welsh.

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