Shawlands filmmaker launches funding campaign

Shauna Macdonald, Ali Craig and Robbie Black have all signed on to star in Ribbons.
Shauna Macdonald, Ali Craig and Robbie Black have all signed on to star in Ribbons.

A Southside filmmaker is embarking on a project to create a full-length feature film – and he needs your help.

Gregor Barclay from Shawlands has teamed up with long-time friend Colin Bell, who after many years of making short films, are finally make the transition to features.

After Gregor watched a video on YouTube of American filmmaker Joe Swanberg discussing making ten feature-length movies in an 18-month stretch, Ribbons was conceived.

A Scottish psychological thriller with an explosive twist, Ribbons follows a small group of four very different characters trapped in a confined space that pushes relationships to breaking points, and minds to the brink of madness.

It was to be a low-budget feature, to be shot on location in Glasgow over four days in March with a quintet of local actors, a skeleton crew and a whole lot of chutzpah!

Gregor explains how to get involved. He said: “We’re looking for £5,300 to make Ribbons and we have raised £1,549 so far, so we are about 30 per cent there.

“We want to be able to pay all the cast and crew who are involved in Ribbons. And that’s where the Indiegogo campaign comes in.

“Not everyone is in a financial position to contribute to a project like this – we understand that entirely – but you can still help us towards our goal by sharing our funding page on Facebook or Twitter (our handle on both is @ribbons2018). The most important thing is that we get the word out about the movie to as many people as possible.”

Ribbons has three out of its four cast signed up already – Robert Jack, widely known for his work as Jacko Jackson on the BBC’s Gary: Tank Commander; Ali Craig who played Dorsey in Outlander and Shauna Macdonald who played Sarah in 2005’s horror hit The Descent.

“It’s a coup to have these big names signed up,” Gregor continued. “We start filming next month, shooting across four days from March 1-4. I’m away in Austrailia after that for two weeks where I plan to edit the film. All going well, we hope to have the film out in the summer – it’s a very quick turn around!

If you’d like to get support the Ribbons project, visit

Keep up to date with the project by following @ribbons2018 on Facebook and Twitter.