Having given us a preview in 2011, film director Matt Hulse returns to screen his now-completed film. Hulse makes delightful, sensitive and very unusual films with the lightest touch. Check out his “Dummy Jim” trailer on Vimeo:
This film weaves fiction, documentary, animation and archive to explore the adventures of the eccentric profoundly deaf Scots long-distance cyclist James Duthie who hailed from a close-knit Aberdeenshire fishing community. In 1951, he set out on a lone cycling tour to Morocco. After three months of pedalling, he reached the Arctic Circle. Twelve years in the making, Hulse crafts a multi-layered memorial to a quietly determined maverick and the community that shaped him, with present-day village inhabitants emerging as creative participants. Deaf actor Samuel Dore leads.
Matt Hulse is a multi-award-winning artist/filmmaker whose accolades include a BAFTA Scotland and Fox Searchlight Award. His work is playful, innovative and collaborative, crossing and combining genres, techniques and platforms. His films have screened at international festivals in 23 different countries since 1990.
Dummy Jim: A Wee Tour is being kindly supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the British Film Institute’s Film Audience Network, and The Saltire Society, in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.