The award-winning documentary Abbeyhill Dreams (2015) is based on the initial homage to Roald Dahl in five episodes entitled Dreamcatchers (2014) which could be viewed here on the Abbeyhill Primary School Vimeo channel. The individual five episodes could also be viewed here as works in their own right. Abbeyhill Dreams also pays a tribute to the seminal documentary Singing Street (1951) by capturing how our 21st Century children play and learn today.
It all started in May 2014 when all 31 pupils from Primary 4 undertook about 80% of the central film crew roles in Abbeyhill Dreams including writing the stories, designing, sketching and colouring-in the characters, producing the sound effects and voiceovers and contributing to the digital animation process fully captured in Dreamcatchers, as well as starring in this short 'making of' documentary Abbeyhill Dreams finalised in April 2015.
Class teacher Anne-Marie Bidoni co-ordinated the project in the classroom supported by Sandra Stewart, Acting Head Teacher and then Sally Barker, Head Teacher of Abbeyhill Primary School. Iliyana Nedkova curated the project as part of the Artists-in-residence Programme on behalf of the Parents Council at Abbeyhill Primary School and the Colony of Artists. Denis Mallon led the overall project as the Artist-in-residence bringing the magic of contemporary art into the classroom. Chris Bridges was the guest documentary film-maker. The initial project funding was provided by the City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grant.
Further details about the project are available on the dedicated Artist-in-residence website: abbeyhillschoolartists.wordpress.com