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Filmmaker delighted with viewers' support of documentary The Venue In Our City's live streaming

By Margaret Chrystall

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ONE of the two filmmakers behind a documentary about music venue the Ironworks said he "couldn’t be happier" with the response he got from the live streaming premiere last week.

Ben Hastings, who made The Venue In Our City with Adam Fairbairn, revealed that they had not known what to expect, but that there had been 16,000 views of the trailer before the first part of the documentary went out live online at 8.30pm last Thursday.

The QnA after the film with film-makers Ben Hastings (top left) and Adam Fairbairn (bottom right). Iain McLaughlin (bottom left) and Zoe Williams.
The QnA after the film with film-makers Ben Hastings (top left) and Adam Fairbairn (bottom right). Iain McLaughlin (bottom left) and Zoe Williams.

Ben said on Tuesday: “For the livestream the anticipation was intense as we counted down!

"But I thought it went very well.

We had a good amount of viewers with roughly about 90 watching at a time with some leaving and others joining, though we haven't got the total number of viewers finalised yet.

"And we were pleased that a fair amount of viewers stayed behind to watch the QnA afterwards.

"It feels as if people are quite interested in the project itself. And it brought a sense of community that people actually cared about it as well.”

Taking part in the film are Inverness band Spring Break, Euan Smillie from Elephant Sessions, Dale Sutherland of Alkanes, Iain McLaughlin – musician, producer and frontman of Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders, Hò-rò and familiar faces from the local music scene including Calum Martin and Zoe Williams.

Detailed plans were submitted last month to build a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on the site of the venue, with the Ironworks hoping to relocate to a different site in the city.

Ben said that plans for part two of the documentary are at an early stage for the filmmakers.

He revealed it will probably include a broader look at the music industry – and the wider effects of Covid-19 and how it has affected musicians. Plus, looking to the future of the Ironworks and also footage and pictures from gig-goers of music experienced at the Ironworks.

Ben said “People have also been great about sending in their own footage and stories of Ironworks gigs over the last 15 years for part two.”

You can still view the film here: https:/youtu.be/wsGmPSkOenY

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