A short film featuring the New Scots community in North Ayrshire will get a premiere next weekend at the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine.

The screening on Saturday, January 25 will be by invite only, but local residents will get a chance to see the film in the weeks to come.

Creative young people from across North Ayrshire teamed up with friends in the New Scots community during the project.

The short film, called Different Ways, follows lead character Stepan, who is new to Scotland and takes a journey through the country's beautiful countryside.

Stepan, played by Ukrainian Oleksandr Chmut, comes across different characters along the way and things don’t quite go to plan as he makes his way to a university open day.

He is forced to change plans, take a different path on his travels and interact with people he would not normally engage with.

The movie was filmed in parts of North Ayrshire and other locations in Scotland.
It was directed by Max McGregor and also stars Lana Shvorak, Maddie McGregor, Nell McGregor, Rana Tatar and Daniel Kerr.

The film was written by Max, Oleksandr, Lana, Joseph McIntosh, Archie Nelson, Rawan Idlebi, Rana, Layla Russell and Lucy Russell, who is a locality link worker with the New Scots team.

Valuable contributions to the project were also made by Artem Mosiichuk, Anton Mukovoz, Sofia Medvedchuk, Mariana Al Shrayteh, Mariam Bandakji and Shiraz Al Dieri.

A trailer for Different Ways can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/mr5dckxn and the full film will be released online in the coming weeks.

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