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Lindsay Brown

We are delighted to present compelling Scottish short Swan followed by an in-depth panel discussion focused on both the filmmaking process and issues raised in the film.

When approaching the age of 16, most children look forward to becoming more independent; the freedom to make your own decisions a scary but exciting prospect. April is like most children her age, enjoying music and playing by the sea, but independence is far more difficult to achieve. April has autism, and lives with the challenge of profound sensory and learning difficulties.

Director Lindsay Brown sensitively captures the loving relationship between April and her mother Sami and the issues they face on a daily basis. Made locally, Swan is a well-crafted and intriguing addition to Scottish documentary and short film, and an important reminder that in Scotland we are privileged to have a system that supports children with additional needs; from carers to schools like New Struan School, which caters for pupils across the autism spectrum with different levels of communication, social understanding and sensory needs.

Joining us for the panel discussion are April’s mother Sami, director Lindsay Brown, producer Anne Milne, and Jasmine Miller, principal of New Struan School.

This event is free but ticketed. Donations to New Struan School will be welcomed on the door.

Swan is screening as part of Scottish Encounters, a new strand in our programme that gives Dundee audiences the opportunity to see new work from emerging Scottish screen talent, from shorts to features and from documentary to fiction. Each screening will also offer the chance to meet the people behind the work.