Heel Films has announced Mr. D: A Clutha Survivor Story as its “biggest short film project to date” and is now planning a fundraiser at castlemilk To help with production costs.
In November 2013, a police helicopter crashed into Clutha’s bar, killing all three crew members and seven patrons of the bar, and injuring 31 others.
The film is the story of Jim Duncan, better known as Mr. Dee, who was drinking at a downtown bar as part of a birthday celebration when tragedy struck.
Written by his daughter, Susan Sims, it is based on the stories Jim told her in the aftermath of the accident.
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Scott McMillan, founder of Heel Films, who is from Clydebank, explained: “Suzanne wrote the script less than six months after her father passed away in May 2018.
“The film will be a biopic based on the stories told to Susan many times from eyewitness accounts of the night that tragically rocked Glasgow forever.”
The short film has been in the planning since 2018, but was postponed due to the pandemic. Scott and Susan are working together on another Heel Films project, The Bridge, in 2022.
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“Over the last few months we’ve had the script approved by Alan Crossan at The Clutha Trust, to make sure everything is in line with the ideals of the pub, the charity and the survivors of this tragedy,” said Scott. .
“The script has also been entered into many film festivals around the world and we are happy to announce that it has won awards across the board.”
The script won Best Short Screenplay at the Subathra, Santa Dev, Lotus and Rohip International Film Festivals, and Best Drama Screenplay at the Sophia Arts Film Awards.
Heel Films is now hoping to raise funds to cover production costs and is also planning a screening night at the Glasgow Film Theater (GFT), with all proceeds going to The Clutha Trust.
A comedy evening will take place on 25th February at the Netherholm Community Center in Castlemilk – check out the Heel Films Facebook page for more information.
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