ON THE OUTSIDE


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Four stories from conversations with four women in prison. Told in their own words, as authors of their own representation. And retold by four actors.

On the Outside, is the outcome of a collaborative film project involving Director Paul Gray and a group of women who were serving prison sentences in Scotland at the time.

The film is told in four episodes that recount the four women’s stories, in their exact spoken words that were constructed from audio recordings of discussions held in the prison, including song and poetry. The stories are recounted by four actors, and explore the women’s life experiences, their hopes for the future and the relationships and bonds that formed between them.

On The Outside began when director Paul Gray was invited to develop an idea for a film project to involve a group of women who were serving sentences in HM Prison Polmont, Scotland. It was a collaboration where he and producers Nasreen Saraei would help with the development and realisation of stories that the participants wanted to share. The premise of the project was to empower the participants as authors of their own representation. Paul led workshops where the group watched films and explored story-telling through the medium of film and followed up with one-to-one discussions. Without any fixed notion of what shape the films would take, they gradually became defined by the willingness of the participants to share their stories very directly with each other, and wiht PPOaul and Nasreen. 


In the end the overarching idea that developed was a very simple scenario. The stories would be recounted while travelling on a car journey – the car being both a private space but within a public environment – a safe space akin to the education rooms that were occupied during the project, and representative of a desire to be elsewhere. Participation in the project was voluntary and the resulting work consists of four scripted episodes, one for each of the women who remained involved throughout the process. The scripts were taken from recordings of the discussions, using the participants’ exact spoken words, including song and poetry and were retold by four actors.

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CAST

Abigail…….Sarah Dingwall

Vanessa…..Kirsty Strain

Gemma……Kirsty Findlay

Sandy………Marianne McIvor

CREW

Writers…..Paul Gray  & the 4  participants of On the Outside

Director….Paul Gray 

Producer..Nas Saraei

Executive Producers………Paul Gray, Lindsay Morgan

Director of Photography…Alkistis Terzi

Editor……………………………Olivia Middleton

Sound Designer…………….Jonathon McCloone

Sound Mix…………………….Zoë Irvine

Original Music(writer)……..‘Abigail’

Original Music(performance)…Sarah Dingwall &Matthew Cowan

First Assistant Director…..Demi Sutherland

1st Assistant Camera……..Jane Armstrong

Hair and Make-up………….Laura Hamilton

Gaffer…………………………..Andrew Glen

Sound Recordist……………Jonathon McCloone