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Whit's Fur Ye

In his twilight years, Tommy’s drive to keep positive occasions on the horizon spurs him and his granddaughter Ashley to combine their talents and host a Burns Supper. As they prepare for the traditional Scottish celebration, they delve into heartfelt discussions about family, music, life, and death. A poignant discovery of deep-rooted fears bridges the generational gap, deepens their understanding of each other and transforms their outlooks on life and death. Will they face their fears at the celebration in front of family and friends?

  • Ashley Catherine Dick
  • Gabija Linkevičiūtė
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Ashley Catherine Dick

Ashley Catherine Dick is a Scottish filmmaker and animator working in film and TV. She works across documentary and fiction, live action and animation, with a keen interest in Scottish identity. Ash has Synesthesia, which causes a crossover of senses. She experiences atypical visions and physical sensations, which both fuel her creativity and present challenges. She is excited to open up the conversation about how we all experience the world. After graduating in filmmaking she was inspired to create empowering and uplifting docs. In 2018 she attended an anthropology and filmmaking residency in Romania, creating Canton, a doc exploring life and loss at a town road/rail intersection. Canton featured in Glasgow Short Film Festival and many other festivals all over the world. Ash started learning animation in 2020 and created her first animated short, Spooky Memes, which found success in horror film festivals. In 2022 she animated on I Won’t Stand For It for CBBC, a doc that follows the life of a 15-year-old indigenous activist in Canada. She recently animated for Bafta & Screen Scotland's documentary: Working Differently, exploring neurodiversity in the creative industries. She plans to continue bringing empowering and inspiring stories to life in animation & live action.

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Director Statement

I set out to create a positive portrayal of Scottish identity and culture. I opened up this conversation with my grandparents, looking to explore what has been passed down and what is being left behind. To my surprise, I found that we shared not only specific culture but broadly human anxieties and fears. Our conversations confront what holds us back from fully enjoying the moment, and how we come to terms with what we can't control. We captured thoughts and feelings that are not often shared within families, but which allow us to embrace an ever-changing future together.