The following are cinema films and television programmes which, in addition to numerous non-broadcast programmes for Third Sector organisations I’ve produced and/or directed first at Edinburgh Film Workshop Trust (1989-1997) and then through my own production company, Asylum Pictures Ltd.


    • Duck (17mins, BBC Scotland/Scottish Screen/SAC Lottery Fund, 1998)  Two star crossed lovers, dependent on drink and on each other, reach a point of no return in this film drama starring Peter Mullan and Fiona Bell. Script: Des Dillon. Director: Kenny Glenaan.
    • The Butterfly Man (26 mins, Channel 4/SAC Lottery Fund, 1996) A film drama about an ex-miner turned Butterfly breeder and his estranged teenage son as they attempt to bridge the growing emotional gulf between them. BAFTA nomination for best short film 1996.  Script by Jimmy Gardner from story by Robin MacPherson. Director: Barry Ackroyd.


    • Rebel Frontier (65 mins, RTE, YLE, Scottish Screen, Irish Film Board, MEDIA Broadcasting, 2004) How Irish and Finnish emigrants to Montana in the early 1900s faced the emerging apparatus of state repression in their struggle for decent working conditions and against the war in Europe. Director: Des Bell.


  • Filming The List (28 mins, 2014) Filming a one woman play for the cinema sounds straightforward but proves anything but for BAFTA-winning Director Morag McKinnon and Stellar Quines Theatre in this observational documentary on the challenges of putting theatre on the big screen. STREAM/DOWNLOAD HERE
  • Tree Fellers (24 mins, Scottish Screen/Scottish Television, 2004) The story of the 900 lumberjacks from British Honduras who in 1942 came to Scotland to cut trees and stayed to make a life. Director: Sana Bilgrami. STREAM/DOWNLOAD HERE.
  • Patrick Geddes – the French Connection.  (2004) 15 minute documentary exploring the life and influence of Patrick Geddes – polymath and social reformer who broughtScotland and France’s artistic and intellectual communities together in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Screened as part of the exhibition of the same name at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen StreetEdinburgh March 2004.
  • A Little Local Difficulty (26 mins, Channel 4 Television, 1996) observational documentary profiling Keith Schellenberg, one of Scotland’s most notorious land-owners. Director: Amy Hardie.
  • Running Wild (26 mins, Channel 4 Television, 1996)  Observational documentary following three Husky racers to Glen Isla for the first British Cup Sled Dog Race on snow – but things do not go as planned. Director: Amy Hardie.
  • Craobh nan Ubhal/The Aipple Tree (52 mins, Grampian TV/Gaelic Television Cttee., 1993)  A Documentary-drama following a touring bi-lingual Gaelic/Doric play featuring the contrasting cultures of North West and North East Scotland, against the background of the off-shore Oil industry. Director: David Halliday.
  • Plague of the Glen (26 mins, ‘Scottish Eye’, Channel 4, 1992)  A documentary revealing the devastating impact of Red Deer on Scotland’s fragile mountain environment. Director: David Halliday.
  • Behind Closed Doors (27 mins, ‘Focal Point’, BBC Scotland, 1991) A current affairs investigation of the reality of domestic violence in Scotland. Director: Cassandra McGrogan.
  • World Music (10 mins, ‘Late Show/Edinburgh Nights’, BBC2, 1990) World music events in ‘out of town’ locations captured during the 1990 Edinburgh Festival.
  • Silicon Fever (26 mins, ‘Scottish Eye’, Channel 4, 1990An investigation into the health hazards behind the super-clean image of Scotland’s ‘Silicon Glen’ microelectronics industry. Director: David Halliday.
  • You grow up fast as well (26 mins, ‘Scottish Reporters’, Scottish Television, 1993) Current affairs documentary revealing that thousands of Scots schoolchildren bear the brunt of caring for a sick or disabled parent at the cost of their physical health and emotional well-being. Director: Robin MacPherson
  • Uamh ‘n Oir (52 mins, Channel 4/Gaelic Television Committee, 1995)  Documentary, drama and animation combine in a collage of images exploring the Gaelic oral tradition, Winner of the Silver Key Award at the Slovak Film Festival 1997. Director: David Halliday.
  • A Typical Unusual Rhondda Man (27 mins, ‘Between Ourselves’, BBC Wales, 1993)  A documentary revealing how Richard Gardiner, a sixty-plus motor mechanic in the Rhondda valley has inspired hundreds of men and women of all ages to take up Ai-Kido.

8 Responses to “My films”

  1. 1 Davie Kelly March 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I would like to watch the documentary ‘behind closed doors’ where can I optain a copy please?

  2. 3 Mark Dingwall February 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Is there anywhere to view The Aipple Tree?

    • 4 robinmacpherson February 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Hi mark

      I’m afraid not at present. I’ve been looking into clearing the rights for some of EFWTs films to make them available online but difficult to say if/when AIpple Tree might be available, sorry.


  3. 5 JM Littman February 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Amy – would love a copy of Running Wild if it’s possible – JM 🙂

  4. 7 JM Littman February 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Robin – that would be great – even just for personal usage 🙂

  5. 8 Mark Dingwall February 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I was going to drop a note to the EFWT by post asking if they shad any CDs – i tried to buy it not long after it came out – but that was yonks ago!

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