Biography

Robert Rae an award winning film and theatre Director, Producer and Writer. Robert was Artistic Director of Theatre Workshop Scotland from 1996 to 2014. His diverse range of work for both adult and children’s audiences reflects a passionate concern for  outsider experience – placing their culture and history at the heart of the creative process. …

A Community Film A-Z

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY FILM – Robert’s version … A. Defined by the collective engagement of all participants. B. Captures the passion of the people involved or represented. C. Has something important to say to a world it wants to change. D. Creates something of quality that is worthy of its participants’ efforts E. Created …

A "raw-edged and passionate" portrait of the lives of Edinburgh's refugee community has its premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. - BBC News on Trouble Sleeping

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The Little Lamp

‘This little lamp will shine as brightly as the heart and soul of Palestine’   Synopsis Another play for children at Christmas, this story is based in the Middle East and narrates the story of a princess, Amire, and her two sisters, Shareela and Bubba. When their Father dies, Amire is made queen on condition …

"My worst memory was not having anything. We got money to look after the bairns – I had two daughters – and milk tokens,” said Joki, (...) “It was hellish. I had to tell the building society I couldn’t pay the mortgage. They said we could square up when it was over. They probably thought it would last a fortnight – it lasted a year."  - The Happy Land's Joki Wallace to the Sheffield Star

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Trouble Sleeping

Synopsis In this, Theatre Workshop’s first full-length film, the company examine the everyday experience of asylum seekers in Scotland. Based primarily in Edinburgh, it follows the fortunes of a number of different individuals from the former weightlifting champion Ahmed to gay Mehti and the poetic Seham, from confident flirt, Kamal, to the caring couple, Khalid …

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In this, Theatre Workshop’s first full-length film, the company examine the everyday experience of asylum seekers in Scotland.

Based primarily in Edinburgh, it follows the fortunes of a number of different individuals from the former weightlifting champion Ahmed to gay Mehti and the poetic Seham, from confident flirt, Kamal, to the caring couple, Khalid and Halla.

Awards for Trouble Sleeping:

Winner of Best New Work-Fiction at BAFTA New Talent Awards 2008.

Winner of Best Feature Narrative at the Peace on Earth Film Festival 2008

Winner Best Film Rockport International Film Festival 2008

Winner Best Film and Best Actress (Alia Alzougbi) SOAPIFF 2008