Letter From An Old Boy


Director: Michael Ferns
Writers: Meg Campbell, Michael Ferns
Stars: Sean Brown, Daniel Cameron, Martin Donaghy
Produced for Aberlour Child Care Trust

I’m pleased to be able to share one of the short films that I enjoyed at last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival with you.

Letter from an Old Boy is based on the real letters written from former residents of the old Aberlour orphanage, which they still regarded as their ‘old home’ despite being away at war, in the trenches. The letters themselves are heartbreaking things, showing their pride, passion and humour, as well as the youth of some of the soldiers. An incredible 62 ‘old boys’ died during WWI, and more in WWII.

It’s a moving film, and highlights not only the tragedy of war but the importance of a caring and nurturing environment for children. While the Orphanage at Aberlour closed in 1967, Aberlour Child Care Trust continue to support vulnerable children.

The 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place from 17 to 28 June 2015, and should hopefully have some great short film screenings. It’s going to be particularly exciting to have a Scottish film opening the festival, as Robert Carlyle’s The Legend of Barney Thomson has recently been announced as EIFF 2015’s Opening Night Gala.

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