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Pension film to premiere in Scalloway

A FILM about the local campaign against changes to the state pension age is being premiered in Scalloway next week.

Foul Play will be shown at the NAFC Marine Centre on 3 June from 5.30pm.

The film, which is narrated by local actor Steven Robertson, is about “pension injustice, inequality and robbery in Shetland”.

State pension protestors in Lerwick. Photo: Peter Johnson/Shetland News

Protests have been held at the Tesco roundabout in Lerwick on Saturdays for the last few months over the impact changes to the state pension age will have on women.

These changes have seen some women, particularly those born in the 1950s and 60s, placed in a position where they may have to work years more than anticipated before being able to claim the state pension.

Tickets for the film event are priced at £5, or a donation, with proceeds going towards Shetland Women’s Aid and Shetland Foodbank.

The film has been made by Whistlin’ Weemin, and members of the group will be on hand to answer questions after the screening.

Whistlin’ Weemin is a local community film production company with a strong feminist ethos born out of the Shetland Pension Justice Group.

An exhibition of photographs, film stills and out-takes will also be on show at the Scalloway event.

The film, meanwhile, is expected to be entered into Screenplay film festival, shown in Mareel and distributed nationwide.

To book your seat for the Scalloway screening, contact ramsay62@gmail.com or 07542670793.