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  • Alistair Braidwood

Stranger Than Fiction: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast Talks To Documentary Maker Lou McLoughlan…


The latest podcast has Ali talking to director and cinematographer Lou McLoughlan. We could pretend that it has been perfectly timed to coincide with the first week of this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, but in all honesty it’s an interview we’ve been trying to organise ever since watching Lou’s fantastic feature documentary 16 Years Till Summer, one of the best films of 2016.

You can read the Scots Whay Hae! review here, and see the trailer at

the foot of this post, but it’s worth listening to the director talk about the making of it first as it will add to the viewing experience, and spoilers are carefully avoided.

The two also talk about the practicalities and difficulties of making documentaries, and then with getting them to an audience, particularly a Scottish one.

There is also chat about Scottish storytelling, the Highlands and Islands as a ‘seductive space’, the importance of music to a film, how filming real life will always offer up the unexpected, and much, much more.

It was recorded in Glasgow’s Project Cafe (without Ian to keep a professional ear on such things), which means there is quite a bit of “ambient noise”, particularly at the very beginning, but hopefully not enough to affect your enjoyment of what is a must listen for anyone involved with, or interested in, film and film-making.

There is plenty other film related content elsewhere on SWH! at the moment, including our preview of Glasgow Film Festival 2017 and an interview with another Scottish documentary maker, David Graham Scott,  and there will be further interviews and reviews throughout the festival’s run.

If you aren’t yet a subscriber to the SWH! podcast you can do so, (or simply listen) at iTunes or by RSS. You can also download it by clicking on the relevant link to the right of this post, or, if you want it right here, right now, you can listen on

..or on YouTube:

And, as promised, here is the trailer for 16 Years Till Summer:

With another podcast already in the bag, we know it’s going to be good, and we’ll hopefully see back here for that very soon…


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