Hannah Robertson

Hannah Robertson

Feral Films
on the ScreenSkills scale
Going places, meeting people, making projects

Can drive

Hannah's story:
Highlighting political and social issues through story telling

Completing an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Politics gave me a keen awareness of systemic issues and the importance of using alternative methods to challenge these problems. The degree itself highlighted how problems of oppression are maintained by the status quo going unchallenged. Hence, my gateway to filmmaking was through activism, recognising the importance of the medium in helping to incite social change.

My first project was a promotional video for the Edinburgh Fight for the Night march. This was a protest that aimed to voice the danger people of marginalised genders felt when in the city at night. The video centred around a poem written by a survivor and featured local activists and young people. The process of making the film was cathartic and showed me the power that creating can have in fostering community and allowing healing as we all shared experiences and stories.

Following on front this experience I shot a series of interviews in Collaboration with a project called Celestial Bodies. The pieces centred on the the lived experience of four QTPOC students. This project highlighted the importance of centring stories and narratives in activism so as to allow for a more holistic resistance to societal oppression.

I was also involved in the campaign to introduce free period products in Scotland, creating promotional content for the campaign.

My interest in activism and gender led me to meet and collaborate with Rukshana Kaplai, the founder of Nepal’s intersectional Pride and Queer rights campaigner. We shot and interview price in which she shares her experiences, both the personal of being a trans woman in Nepal, but also of campaigning.

I am also passionate about music, especially it’s ability to challenge social issues through creativity. I made a documentary about Nepali Hip-Hop. This story was both of the literal journey of Nephop, but also gives insight into a wider modern history of globalisation within Nepal.

My interest in music has led me to create music videos.

I created Taha chaina in collaboration with the Nepali rap artists Caligunplay. The process was a single shooter video, shot on location around Kathmandu.

I made a video for Lana Wild’s song Borderlines. Lana is an Edinburgh based musician. The song discusses her experience of realising her identity as a trans woman and battening addiction. We were forced to postpone and then reduce the scale of the project due to Covid-19, but the final project is effective as it gives a greater sense of intimacy that lines up with Lana’s intention for the song to be honest and connect with people going through the same struggles and journey.

I have recently graduated from Edinburgh University and am now looking to gain more experience.