DOCU/SHORT

Pouters

Year
2012
Country
Scotland
Duration
17’
Director
Paul Fegan

It is estimated that around 1000 Scottish people, mostly men, engage in "doo fleein," a highly competitive hobby that involves stealing each other's pigeons. The sport is practised mostly in the poorer areas, where fallow land offers ample space for imposing dovecotes equipped with ingenious mechanisms to trap their competitors’ birds. This short documentary focuses on two of these men living in a working-class neighborhood in Glasgow. Rab and Danny have been battling it out for 25 years. Hilarity ensues when we follow them during their hunt, with the two men exchanging mating calls and foul-mouthed diatribes with their birds, and celebrating triumphantly when they manage to catch a prized bird. Even during the interviews, in which the heavily-accented duo speak about their sport and their never-ending rivalry, they always have at least one eye pointed at the sky.

Production
Better Days, Paul Fegan, 17 Bruce Road, G41 5EE, Glasgow, +44 (0) 7899 841 888, paulfegan@betterdays.co.uk
Sales
Scottish Documentary Institute, Finlay Pretsell, 78 West Port, Scotland EH1 2LE, +44 0131 651 5873, finlay@scotdoc.com, www.scottishdocinstitute.com
Awards
Best Documentary at London Short Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival
Director
Paul Fegan
Paul Fegan, born in 1973, was raised on the west coast of Scotland. He moved to Glasgow in 1992 and started promoting events in one of the city’s nightclubs. In 1998, he established the Better Days company along with his partner Neil Mowat. They spent the following 10 years creating, producing and promoting some of the UK’s most existing and creative music events. In 2009 he decided to start afresh with a new career challenge, and immersed himself in documentary filmmaking.
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