Writer and Film Producer
Writer and Film Producer
Caithness based businessman Alistair Murray first discovered the creative industries as a radio presenter for the Jim and Ali Show, which has been broadcasting its own brand of madness continuously on Caithness FM since the station opened in 1998. He subsequently became Chairman of AIMhi, a precursor to XpoNorth, geared to developing the creative sector in the Highlands and Islands and where constant interaction with creative individuals compelled him to begin writing.
His first short story, The Snow Goose, was completed in 2006. This led to the King Macbeth project, telling stories across a landscape with digital, mobile and printed media, followed by the award winning Culloden Battlefield Guide and Wild Coastal Trail mobile activity. His first book, On the Trail of the real Macbeth, was co-authored with Cameron Taylor and published in 2008. This was toured in 2014 as part of the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival in Moray and has recently been used by VisitScotland to help promote landmarks in conjunction with the imminent Justin Kurzel Macbeth movie release. A second collaborative output Stroma with local poet George Gunn and photographer Roddy Ritchie followed in 2011.
Since then he has focused on screen activities as writer/producer at Big Box Network, a film company based in the Highlands and Islands with a long term remit to conceptualise and produce quality and commercial screen output to international audiences. To ensure success the ground has been prepared carefully with a 10 year plan and a premium placed on developing local resource capacity and initiating global networks.
The first self funded short Time to be Sleeping was released in 2012 using cast and crew who had never been on a film set before. The Game was released in 2013 and screened at the Edinburgh Fringe and Charlie, a film written for local actress Donna Swanson was screened at Thurso Cinema in 2014.
Big Box has also worked closely with North Highland College UHI and George Gunn to develop a number of student projects, including Wool and Widows and Seaglass that were instrumental in facilitating the development of the forthcoming UHI film and creative writing degrees.
Alistair has also penned a first draft screenplay, King Macbeth and co-written a final draft screenplay Sisters Curse, the first full length movie planned by Big Box that will feature a strong sprinkling of local talent. Big Box have recently optioned four other feature scripts and secured Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) status and they will be ready to commence sourcing funds for Sisters Curse before the end of the 2015
Locally, Alistair is also a Director of North Lands Creative Glass.