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Cutting Loose
Director:Finlay Pretsell, Adrian McDowall
Photography: Martin Radich
Sdition: Mark Jenkins, Susan Korda
Sound: Marcelo de Oliveira, Al Mason
Music: Matthew Aldworth
Producers: Finlay Pretsell, Adrian McDowall, Paul Welsh
Production: Imagine Pictures, Digicult

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Cutting Loose

Finlay Pretsell, Adrian McDowall
29' / 2012 / United Kingdom
English and spanish subtitled

Audience vote 7.44

“I’m trusted with a pair of scissors and I’m in here for murder”. A fascinating snapshot of prison life in the build up to the annual Scottish Prison Service hairdressing competition. Winning the coveted prize is the ultimate goal, but Francis, the current champion, has other aspirations on his mind.

Main Festivals & Awards

Mejor Documental / Best Documentary - Encounters 2012 (Reino Unido)
Mejor Documental / Best Documentary - Flickerfest 2012 (Australia)
Mejor Corto Documental / Best Short Documentary - RiverRun Film Festival 2012 (EEUU)
Gran Premio a Mejor Película / Grand Prix for Best Film - Asterfest 2012 (Macedonia)
Nominated Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking Cinema Eye Honours 2013 (EEUU)

Director's Biography

Finlay Pretseel is an award-winning filmmaker who once set out on the long road to becoming a professional cyclist, riding for a few national teams and representing Scotland a number of times. Finlay's breakthrough as a filmmaker was in 2007 with Standing Start, a short film which followed his passion for cycling. Finlay has followed up that success with several more short films, winning Scotland's top prize, a BAFTA for Ma Bar, which was shown at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and Cutting Loose, which was financed by the UK Film Council and the BBC. Cutting Loose is eligible for Academy Award nomination after selection for Docuweeks.

Adrian Mc Dowall is a double BAFTA award winning filmmaker and was twice named on Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow' list. He is a versatile director that works across multiple genres, including Film, TV, Documentary and Commercials. He spent his childhood growing up in Wigtown, a small coastal town in the South West of Scotland, before moving to Edinburgh to study art at the ECA. His graduation film was
Who’s My Favourite Girl? which won a BAFTA in 2000.


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