Asylum Pictures produces documentary and drama for cinema, television and video/DVD distribution

Our interests:

 social and cultural issues and history

 landscape and environment

 politics and people

Completed films:

 ‘Tree Fellers’ (2004) – 24 minute documentary (52 minute version in development) for Scottish Screen, Scottish and Grampian Television telling the remarkable story of the 900 foresters from British Honduras (now called Belize) who came to Scotland in 1941 to fell trees and the surviving members who made their home in the UK. 
Producer: Robin MacPherson  Director: Sana Bilgrami

 ‘Rebel Frontier'(2004) - 65 minute (and 52 min TV version) archive-based documentary on Irish and Finnish migrants to the United States in the early 1900's. Developed with support from MEDIA II and Napier University and financed by Scottish Screen, the Irish Film Board, RTE, YLE (Finland) and MEDIA+ (Distribution).
Director: Des Bell Producer: Robin MacPherson   Co-producer: Donald Taylor Black (Poolbeg Films)

 ‘Patrick Geddes – the French Connection’.  (2004)15 minute documentary exploring the life and influence of Patrick Geddes – polymath and social reformer who brought Scotland and France’s artistic and intellectual communities together in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Screening as part of the exhibition of the same name at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, Edinburgh until late March 2004.

 'Fellini: I'm a born liar'(Fellini, je suis un grand menteur ) (2002) - 105 minute documentary on the legendary director for Channel 4, Scottish Screen, Arte (France) and Telepiu (Italy). Winner Best Arts Documentary Banff Television Festival 2002 Co-production with Portrait and Co., France and Dream Film, Italy. Supported by Eurimages. Director: Damien Pettigrew: Producers: Olivier Gal, Noe Mendelle. Read what the critics thought here:

 'The Last Storyteller'(2001) - 52 minute documentary on one of Ireland's greatest folk-lore collectors for RTE, TG4, Irish Film Board and Scottish Screen and co-produced with Besom Productions, Derry. Screened Venice Film Festival 2002. Producer/Director: Des Bell

'Duck' (1997) - 15 minute drama starring Peter Mullan ('Orphans', 'Magdalene Sisters') and directed by Kenny Glenaan (Michael Powell Award winner 2001 for his first feature 'Gas Attack') for BBC Scotland and Scottish Screen. Widespread festival screenings and sold to Spanish, French, German, Australian and Italian television. Producer: Robin MacPherson, Director: Kenny Glenaan.