20th July 2018
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Speiliks toys star on screen

Speiliks, the toymakers based in Burra, have branched out and made an animated film featuring their wooden toys and a little plastic pig named Mildred.

Davy Inkster, Susan Timmins and their daughter Freya invited Eva and Leah Cumming to join them to form Speiliks Associates. Freya, Eva and Leah, all pupils at Scalloway Junior High School, used their musical talents on the soundtrack and Eva created the menacing croft bullies.

The eight-minute film, consisting of over 2,100 photographs, took Davy and Susan five days to shoot and nearly four weeks to edit. The film opens with the words: “This is the story of Mildred. She isn’t quite like other pigs.”

Mildred is different because since piglethood she has dreamed of flying the inter-island aeroplane. In the film she defies the croft bullies and makes her way to Tingwall Airport determined to fly the Islander. But will she?

Yes I Can was commissioned by Shetland Arts as part of its Alter­native Exhibition Spaces programme at Bonhoga Gallery. It will run continuously in the stairwell from tomorrow until Sunday 24th May.