Success for The Nicolson Institute at FilmG 2019

The Nicolson Institute were successful at this year’s FilmG awards which took place in Glasgow on Friday evening (8th February). 

Sòlas was the winning production in the best drama and best performance categories. The powerful film about domestic violence won the best drama prize with lead actor, Mairi MacLennan - a former pupil at The Nicolson, picking up the prize for best senior performance for her moving portrayal of domestic abuse victim Jenna. .

A documentary by fluent secondary 2 pupils, A-Mach à Uchd a’ Bhàis, which tells the story of Norman Mackenzie from Ness, who was on the Iolaire, won the award for the Best Gaelic Script.

In the seniors’ comedy film, Pìos Math Duff, which centres on a new island dating site, the group won the Gaelic award for fluent speakers and Katie Gillies took home the best performance trophy.

Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education and Children’s Services at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said, “I am very proud of all our young people who were nominated for various categories and I am delighted that schools in the Western Isles are taking such an active role in both learning and developing pupils’ skills in Gaelic, drama and in media. I would like to convey my sincere congratulations to The Nicolson Institute pupils who were worthy winners in their categories.”

Open-Best Performance - Mairi MacLennan with Steven Cree

Secondary 2 pupils, A-Mach à Uchd a’ Bhàis, won the award for the Best Gaelic Script

Best-Performance-Katie Gillies