Sophia Sheppard

What might the role of film be in revitalising a meaningful connection with aspects of living cultural heritage and relationship to place in the context of people’s current perspectives and individual and shared narratives in rural Scotland?

Coming from a background in Communication Design and a particular interest in film, Sophia’s current research explores the way that film might be used in a dialogue to reflect and build on individual and shaped narratives in rural Scottish communities.

Her work is rooted in an underlying awareness of how people have been separated from their histories and an interest in documenting and discussing how aspects of the past may positively influence the future. Storytelling takes an important role in Sophia’s work both in personal narratives and in the tradition of fable and folk story. How personal stories or mythical stories can mirror and resonate with wider issues and audiences is something she often returns to.