Quarrier’s – Till We Meet Again
On Saturday 18th of June, the world premiere of the film “Till We Meet Again” took place at the Glasgow Film Theatre, Rose Street, Glasgow. This short film is the first known dramatisation of the man, William Quarrier, on the 140th anniversary of the opening of his first home for orphan children. The film was written and produced by Michael Lewis who has worked with Quarrier’s charity for ten years, and the director was Seth Gardener from Red Snappa Productions.
For the project to be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, certain criteria had to be met-benefit to the community, involvement of the community and educational content. For many months, Quarrier’s Charity has been working with the Beaver Scouts, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network Scouts and Leaders from Quarrier’s Village, along with local school pupils who have joined the group as part of the Duke of Edinbugh Award Scheme. Every person involved has done historical research, investigation, drama workshops and presentations.
The culmination of this work has resulted in an exhibition at Scotland Street Museum which opened at the end of June (and runs until October) and of course the film, which tells the story of William Quarrier’s vocation to save Victorian children from destitution, alongside the story of Annie Blue, a former Quarrier’s child, based on her diary from 1895.
Every member of the scout group has made a contribution to the film, from assisting the director/producer, acting coaching, photography, cinematography, catering, archive research and acting alongside professionals-John Davidson and Jim McPhee who has played James Potter in two of the Harry Potter films. This has been a huge project to produce an exhibition and a film on a low budget-we are all extremely pleased (and surprised) by the results.
The press viewing of “Till We Meet Again” at Carsemeadow, Quarrier’s Village took place on Tuesday, 21st of June and was attended by former MSP Trish Godman .The following evening, Quarriers and the QV Scout Group hosted a screening of the film for parents and family members. The evening was a huge success made even more special as we were joined by Jill Jones, Headteacher of Kilmacolm Primary School, Paul Moore, Chief Executive of Quarriers and Graham Haddock, the newly appointed Scottish Chief Commissioner for Scouts who was most impressed by the project.
At the moment, an educational topic pack based on the film and exhibition is being produced to complement the Primary Six Curriculum in Scotland as this has already been requested by several schools.
The 1st Quarrier’s Village Scout Group would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to Quarriers, especially Michael Lewis, who shared his project with us. It has been a unique experience and one which the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts took very much to their hearts.
Scouting in the QV-Be Prepared to Be Brilliant.