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Lost But Not Forgotten - 5min Short Film

In the summer of 1930 the St Kildans had to evacuate their remote island home, severing an ancient tie and bringing to an end an incredible story of survival. Lost But Not Forgotten is a portrait of one such islander; a man out of time and place, desperately clinging to memories of a lost home to which he will never return.

  • Stuart Hackshaw
    The Nature of Daylight, Olivia, The Yellow Wallpaper
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  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Stuart Hackshaw

Stuart Hackshaw is an award winning filmmaker currently based in the UK. He began his filmmaking journey in his early teens, making short films with his father’s Canon MiniDV camcorder. With his passion stirred he changed schools in order to undertake film studies where he got his first tastes of success, winning the college award for best film and subsequently being commissioned to direct an advert for the local council. From here he went on to University, where his short films won him multiple awards, including a prestigious RTS award along with festival screenings around the world.

Since then Stuart has worked extensively for some of the world’s leading brands as a commercials director, creating a wide range of content, from TVC’s to travel series.

Stuart is currently developing his first feature project.

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Director Statement

Ever since I first saw a photo of St Kilda I became fascinated by the history of this island archipelago off the west coast of Scotland and the people who were forced to evacuate it many years ago. It’s a piece of UK history that is relatively unknown, and looking around the world today, seeing a lot of forced migration, with people having to leave their homes behind, I felt the fundamental undertones of this story would connect with audiences.

It was a truly independent production, we set out as a ridiculously small scale crew of literally just myself, my DP and the actor, filming amidst the rugged landscape of the Scottish Highlands. With the help of a number of people along the way, we managed to achieve what we set out to do, in bringing to life the internal struggle of this character in a raw and atmosphere film that laments a lost home and a life not lived.

I hope you enjoy it.