A filmography spanning Oatyhill's varied and oftimes bizarre output, with production notes, cast list and credits. Click on a title or scroll down to browse the whole list. Gorilla film-making

The Buckshee Countess (2009)

16 mins B/W Still from Buckshee Countess film

In a crumbling mansion house, lost in the middle of a dense wood, a bankrupt Countess dreams of lost glories. With her Butler she embarks on a plan to abduct and enslave callers and force them to work as her unpaid domestic servants. The plan begins to go awry when the Butler falls for Beth, one of the captives.


  • The Countess Keiran Ure
  • Beth Simpson Tonia Flynn
  • The Butler Billy Wilson
  • Marge Margaret Henderson
  • Teresa Pamela Gladstone
  • Det. Fisher Fraser Goodall
  • Poker Shark David Barclay
  • The Dealer Wes McCardle
  • Driver Rod Peat
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  • Lighting Jack Finlay
  • Sound Recording David Barclay
  • Costumes Margaret Henderson
  • Make-Up Margaret Henderson
  • Catering Deborah Farnish
  • Sound Production Mark Finlay
  • Script Editor Emma Beeby
  • Continuity Justine Blair
  • Screenplay Paul Bruce
  • Edited by Jack Finlay
  • Music Dmytro Morykit
  • Director of Photography Mark Finlay
  • Producer Margaret Henderson
  • Directed by Paul Bruce

Dark Harbour (2009)

13 mins B/W Still from Dark Harbour

Madame Zola is an itinerant fraudulent psychic who travels from town to town, preying on the credulous – accompanied by her reluctant accomplice, her daughter Marie. Suffering from a terminal illness, Madame Zola takes out her bitterness on her victims, alienating Marie and causing conflict and resentment among the gullible villagers. A noir-influenced black comedy.


Margaret Henderson, Esther Cohen, Keiran Ure, Tonia Flynn, Fraser Goodall
Directed by Paul Bruce, Screenplay by Paul Bruce, Music by David Barclay,
Music for the trailer written by Dmytro Morykit,
Cinematography by Mark Finlay

Production Notes

The Film was shot in Edinburgh, and in rural East Lothian in the United Kingdom during the winter of 2009.

Several aspects of the film were shot under extremely trying circumstances: the lighting control pack didn't work which caused the lights to flicker continuously. We got around this by introducing a close-up of a candle; this lulls the audience into thinking the flickering was candlelight! No one has ever commented on the light flickering at any screening!

We achieved the shot where we look up through the water, past Madame Zola's hat to Marie looking down at the viewer, by filming the hat floating in a tank through a mirror placed on the floor of the tank. We then matted in the shot of Marie.

Another difficulty we faced was the sound of very busy traffic passing by the sequences filmed in the village streets. The sound editor (Mark Finlay) painstakingly replaced each of these traffic sounds with a seagull sound effect recorded for this purpose earlier in the day.

Zombie Asockalypse (2009)

6 mins Colour zombie sock attack

Hidden in an isolated farmhouse, a band of misfits face the onslaught of an army of sock puppet zombies! Comedy–Horror Animation.


Joe Peat, Paul Bruce, Margaret Henderson, Gregor Fergie, Justine Blair, Deborah Farnish
Directed by Paul Bruce, Screenplay by Gregor Fergie, Music by Iain Stephen

The Karaoke Killers (2008)

16 mins Colour karaoke triumph

Set in the murderous world of Karaoke competition, Natasha dreams of being a Karaoke star, encouraged by Mumsie – her ruthless and obsessive mother.
Meanwhile, the rule of reigning champion the Babymaker is under threat by Bernie and his psychotic partner Otto. Can Natasha survive the bloodshed and take to the stage at last, or will she be just another victim of the Karaoke Killers?


  • Bernie Arthur Finlay
  • Tunnel Victim Paul Bruce
  • Psycho Otto Iain Stephen
  • Wheels Stephen Laskowski
  • Natasha Esther Cohen
  • Mumsie Margaret Henderson
  • Babymaker David Barclay
  • Mr Scrimgeour James Watt
  • Piper Dougal Burnett
  • Backing Singer Laura Fyfe
  • Gillian 1 Gillian Potts
  • Gillian 2 Gillian Dye
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  • Lighting Margaret Henderson
  • Driving Stephen Laskowski
  • Costumes Paul Bruce & Margaret Henderson
  • Sound Recording Margaret Henderson & David Barclay
  • Editing Arthur Finlay & Paul Bruce
  • Music Arthur Finlay, David Barclay & Iain Stevens
  • Score performed by David Barclay, Arthur Finlay & Esther Cohen
  • Cinematography Lou McLoughlan
  • Production Assistants Debbie Farnish & Margaret Henderson
  • Lighting provided by Ailie Cohen
  • Screenplay Paul Bruce
  • Directors Paul Bruce & Arthur Finlay
  • Producers Paul Bruce, Arthur Finlay & Margaret Henderson

Trailer Trash (2005)

10 mins Colour Trailer trash

An alternative-reality history of Scottish cinema in trailer form, from the adventures of McTarzan to the bizarre belly-slapping duet in 'Hillbilly Thrills'.


  • Cast Arthur Finlay, David Barclay, Paul Bruce
  • Margaret Henderson, James Watt
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  • Directed by Arthur Finlay & Paul Bruce

Spawn of Trailer Trash (2006)

10 mins Colour Gorilla misses the bus

The sequel to Trailer Trash, Spawn of Trailer Trash features the bizarre adventures of a man trapped in a Gorilla suit, the crime-battling guitar-wielding Detective Rock, an Invisible Cretin and the superhero adventures of Unemployedman.


  • Cast Arthur Finlay, David Barclay, Paul Bruce
  • Margaret Henderson, James Watt
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  • Directed by Arthur Finlay & Paul Bruce

Mikey Brown (1991)

30 mins B/W

Mikey Brown is a luckless victim of the early 90s recession, living on welfare, haplessly looking for work and in love with his new flatmate, the hard-to-impress Annie. On his way back from another ill-fated employment opportunity, Mikey encounters Sean Connery, down on his luck and living in a concrete pipe. Can Sean's Bond-like seduction techniques help him lure the unwilling Annie?
Meanwhile Mikey’s friend Ross is being hunted by a Cockney gangster with a line in bad puns. A classic Leith Media Group Film with rare footage of pre-Yuppie Leith in the early 1990s.


  • Cast James Watt, Deborah Farnish, Paul Bruce, James Reid
  • Screenplay Paul Bruce
  • Directed by Paul Bruce & James Reid