Actress Marnie Baxter has joined the cast of forthcoming movie Between Weathers.
Ms Baxter, who grew up in Aith before leaving at 17 to train at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, recently starred in the BAFTA-nominated Running in Traffic and in ITV’s Identity and has enjoyed a variety of roles in theatre, film, radio and TV.
She said: “I am totally delighted to be joining the cast of Between Weathers. Having grown up in Shetland it will be a real privilege to go home and be part of this exciting project, helmed by the wonderful Jim Brown at B4 Films. The script is not just a funny yarn; it is a feel-good story that really captures the spirit of Shetland.”
Mr Brown said: “It has always been important for me to use Shetland people in the film. Michael Powell did it in Edge of the World, giving his classic a wonderful sense of realism. I was delighted when Marnie got in touch, she’s a great actress who was born and raised in Shetland. The moment that I met her in London I knew I had found my Jess. Like Powell I have discovered some very good local talent living in the islands. Ria Moncrieff will play young Thomas’s mother, Dugald Gunn will take the part of young Thomas’s father and James Mackenzie has been cast as Lachlan, the father to Sharleen Spiteri and Dawn Steele’s characters Meg and Tyra.
“I was surprised by the amount of people who turned up and excited by their talent when I held the last open audition in Lerwick. John Haswell from Shetland Arts made my life very easy by setting the whole thing up. Finding Ria, Dugald and James on my first casting trip was fantastic. I am still looking to cast another seven local people and am very hopeful that my next casting trip will be just as productive as the first.”