"Valley Boy" is an observational documentary that delves into the vibrant world of Scottish skateboarding through the lens of Kerr Melville, a local skateboard photographer. Set against the backdrop of gritty urban environments, this documentary weaves together the artistry of photography, the spirit of skateboarding, and the power of community.
"Valley Boy" is a celebration of resilience and determination, shining a spotlight on the unique individuals who make up the Scottish skateboarding community. Through their stories, we discover how skateboarding is more than just a sport; it's a catalyst for friendship, self-expression, and positive change.
Kerr, alongside a diverse cast of skateboarders including Dean Mackie, Danny Aubrey, Ben Leyden, Romany Rae, Rudi & Mac, Charlie Myatt, and Tom Shimmin, takes us on a journey that transcends the world of tricks and grinds.
This documentary is an ode to inclusiveness, showcasing how the Scottish skate scene welcomes and embraces individuals from all walks of life.
Whether you're an avid skateboarder, a photography enthusiast, or someone interested in the broader themes of community, "Valley Boy" promises an informative and heartwarming experience. Join us as we uncover the untold stories of the people who make the Scottish skate scene truly exceptional.
Guy ThomsonDirector, Cinematographer, Editor
Karina ChisholmProduction Assistant
Project Type:Documentary, Feature
Runtime:1 hour 6 minutes
Completion Date:October 8, 2023
Production Budget:0 GBP
Country of Origin:United Kingdom
Country of Filming:United Kingdom
Born in Glasgow Scotland, Guy's passion for storytelling and visual arts developed through his early 20’s. His love for film was realised in 2008 whilst studying electronic music at London’s SAE Institute.
Upon his return to Glasgow, Guy completed an HND & Honours Degree in Television at The City of Glasgow College and Edinburgh Napier University.
Guy worked as a freelance filmmaker from 2013-2019 before joining Tigerbond as their in-house videographer.
Guy's passion for documentary filmmaking is deeply rooted in his belief that the lives of everyday people are a rich tapestry of experiences, emotions, and insights waiting to be explored.
Beyond his filmmaking endeavours, Guy Thomson is an animal lover and advocate for the preservation and acknowledgement of local culture. His work not only entertains but also educates and inspires, urging us to appreciate the remarkable stories hidden within our own communities.
I came across Kerr one summer afternoon in 2021 whilst skating at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum.
I had recently rediscovered skateboarding during lockdown following an 16-year hiatus and was finding a lot had changed since the early 2000’s. I was keen to make new friends and learn about all the new spots within the city.
I’m always on the lookout for people of interest who may have a story to tell, as it turned out Kerr knew everyone, and everyone knew Kerr. I asked if he would be interested in collaborating, and he agreed.
I had wanted to create a film involving skateboarding for a while, but not necessarily focusing on the tricks. With Kerr as my vessel the idea was to create something which could provide an insight into the scene for people with a casual interest in skateboarding, photography, or subculture.
I was immediately taken by the level of industry particularity within the DIY scene and their sense community. Skaters were much more welcoming to outsiders and certainly less intimidating than in my day.
What started as a short film grew substantially as I began to detail all the interesting side stories I uncovered along the way. Working on this project was certainly a rewarding experience and I'm fortunate to have made many new friends along the way.