Film success in the Palm of his hand

michael meehan
michael meehan

A FILM by a Strathblane writer and director has been selected for Palm Springs International ShortFest 2012.

Michael Meehan (31) was delighted that his movie They Also Serve was selected to be shown at this prestigious festival - which started on Tuesday and ends on June 25.

Meehan, who attended the High School of Glasgow and graduated from CalArts last year, said: “To be told my film had been selected by Palm Springs ShortFest 2012 was amazing.

“So much so I had to read the confirmation several times to make sure I wasn’t mistaken.

“It’s the news that every film graduate hopes for. It’s really good to know to know that the efforts of the crew and actors is able to move an audience.”

The film tells the story of how a mother’s world falls apart when her son decides he cannot face her the day that he returns from war.

Michael, pictured, added: “The original idea for the film came from my mother’s concern for her sister whose son, my cousin Tristan, was serving in Afghanistan.

“It’s very hard to comprehend the fear a mother has for her child who’s at war but the feelings of love, desperation and the pain of rejection is something we can all relate to. These were the emotions that I wanted an audience to share.

“As the script progressed I realised that similar emotions are often mirrored by a mother coming to terms with her child leaving home.

“This was where the girlfriend was introduced and the conflict of a mother realising she is no longer the main woman in her son’s life.”

Michael got a BA in film studies from Southampton Solent University where his film A Father’s Son received the top film award from Ken Russell.

He worked in commercial production in London for Dab Hand Media, Not To Scale, Flynn Productions, Joy@RSA and Ruby Films before moving to Los Angeles in 2008.

Since graduating in 2011 he’s worked as an assistant editor at Creative Asylum and editor on Lunc, The Ground Beneath Their Feet and Old Enough.

For more information on the festival visit www.psfilmfest.org