Story of Selkirk’s cocktail sausage-eating champion that has hit the silver screen

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Young filmmakers in the Selkirk-based Voice Of My Own (VOMO) project scooped a trilogy of prizes at the Borders’ Saltire Inspire Awards.

Cast and crew won the group award for Achievements in Arts and Music for their first feature-length film, Talent.

The film was shot by, and starred, six teams from Border towns, including Selkirk, and was based at Selkirk Rugby Club.

Overall, 95 young people contributed around 1,000 hours of their free time to the project, creating entertaining storylines, writing songs and composing music, before performing, filming and editing.

The plot centres around a talent competition coming to the Borders.

It features singing, dancing, magic, and cake-eating ninjas.

The Selkirk team developed their own subplot of the trials and tribulations of four acts – a girl and a boy band, a hypnotist, and a cocktail sausage eating champion – shot around Selkirk landmarks, such Dunsdale Road and Sir Walter Scott’s statue.

The hypnotist was played by 21-year-old Lewis Teckkam, whose VOMO films include an examination of issues facing wheelchair users in the countryside.

Lewis is the only Borderer shortlisted in Young Scot Awards, which will be held at Glasgow’s SECC in April.

VOMO’s Robert Sproul-Cran and Lisa Cowan plan to make Talent available to a wider audience soon.

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