WHERE YOU'RE MEANT TO BE

By Paul FEGAN

SDI PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2016

When a Scottish indie-pop artist decides to re-write his country’s oldest songs, the only things standing in his way are a travelling folk balladeer – and centuries of history.

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BAFICI (Buenos Aires) 2017
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    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Musical, Road movie
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 75 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Paul FEGAN
    • Synopsis
    • Scottish cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat, former frontman of indie band Arab Strap – and best known for his no-holds-barred lyrics about sex, drugs and male anxiety – sets out to explore his country's past by rewriting and touring its oldest songs.

      It's meant to be a tour that allows Moffat to explore the roots of his country. It's meant to be a trip that celebrates Scotland’s communities and lore. But then he meets Sheila Stewart – a 79-year-old force of nature and travelling balladeer whose life, and unexpected death, upturns Moffat's musical assumptions. He believes these old songs are ripe for updating against a modern urban backdrop. She does not.

      With Sheila's criticism ringing in his ears, the bold Moffat embarks on a trip around Scotland’s remote parts that proves to be as uncanny as the Scottish weather. He finds himself caught up in a feud between two monster hunters at Loch Ness, singing to a dismissive Hebridean farmer in his kitchen, and holding court with a mob of ancient warriors in a Highland graveyard.

      When Moffat's tour comes full circle, back to his hometown of Glasgow, he ends up in the legendary Barrowland Ballroom: the best loved rock stage in the world, and the setting for an unlikely final showdown, in a funny wee film about music and death.
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