Robin Haig is a director from the Scottish Highlands where she draws great inspiration for her work. Her films, both fiction and documentary, have screened internationally. They focus on human connectedness and examine our relationship with self, each other and the land. The intention behind her work is to inspire reflection and stimulate change within the viewer. Her
aim is to take the audience on an emotional, thought provoking and entertaining journey.
She studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design before working in the film and television industry for several years, gaining invaluable experience on productions such as Andrea Arnold’s Red Road, Douglas MacKinnon’s The Flying Scotsman, BBC TV series Monarch of the Glen and STV series Rebus. She spent several years in Amsterdam where she participated in The Bookstore Project, a urban renewal project combining artist residencies with social design. She assisted and worked alongside photographer Pieter van der Houwen on various projects in the Netherlands and Africa, undertook an internship at advertising agency Kesselskramer and developed her documentary The Getaway, at the IDFAcademy Summer School.
Robin recently completed an MFA in Advanced Film Practice at Screen Academy Scotland, specialising in directing drama. Her graduation film Hula, starring Blythe Duff, won the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award for Drama, the Celtic Media Festival Torc Award for Short Drama, the Glasgow Short Film Festival Scottish Audience Award and the Kinofilm Festival Best Actress Award. Hula premiered as the closing film to a full-house at XpoNorth, Scotland’s leading creative industries festival, has had outstanding success throughout Scotland at festivals and film clubs and preceded Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie on tour with the Screen Machine, Scotland’s mobile cinema. Robin has been nominated twice previously for BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards; Best Director and Best New Work for her directorial debut Dear Dad. Her UK Film Council/Scottish Screen funded short Saltmark was nominated for Best Newcomer at Rushes Soho Shorts Festival.
2018 will see Robin direct Scottish Soap River City as part of the BBC New Director’s Scheme and shoot new short Slingshot, a Scottish Film Talent Network New Talent commission. She began developing her first feature Beyond the Silent Glen in collaboration with historian Jim Hunter (The Making of the Crofting Community, Set Adrift Upon the World) and story developer Sarah Golding (The Constant Gardener, Lady Macbeth) during the Cove Park Filmmaking Residency in 2017. This year she develops it further at the Young Film Foundation, producer Chris Young’s new film development lab on the Isle of Skye. Also in development is a six-part TV serial based on her multi award winning short Hula. She participated in the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab 2016. She was longlisted for the 4Stories Director’s Scheme 2017.
Robin also makes commissioned documentaries for rural-centric organisations such as the Scottish Crofting Federation and the Scottish Rural Parliament. The films have been used to document landmark events and inform policy makers. Of note is Crofting's New Voices which has been viewed over 4000 times on Vimeo and taken the filmmaker to summits in Italy, Austria and Canada. Robin is a founding member of the Scottish Crofting Federation Young Crofters, is a director on the Scottish Crofting Federation board and runs a unique rough-as-guts bothy bnb with her father on their croft*.
Crofting's New Voices (2015)
Seeing the Woods for the Trees (2015)
Scottish Rural Parliament (2014)
The Getaway (2014)
Crofting: We are the Future (2014)
Dear Dad (2007)