A lecturer from New College Lanarkshire is set to feature on a BBC documentary this Wednesday telling the story of the ‘Falkirk Cowboys’.
Calum Campbell, who teaches in the Faculty of Supported Learning at the Cumbernauld Campus, has assisted in the research of and is set to feature in the documentary – which tells the story of factory workers in Falkirk who became unlikely celebrities.
The documentary will follow the story of British Aluminium factory workers in Falkirk who became local heroes in the 1960s and 70s for the creation of their own Western movies, putting aside 15p from their wages every week to produce them and screen them at community groups to raise funds for local charities.
Starring workers from the town’s British Aluminium factory and directed by Robert Harvey, the films were shot on a shoestring budget, often made in a day and showed the sagas of everyday heroes striving to make the world a better place.
Objective Media Group Scotland was commissioned to make a one-off documentary for BBC One Scotland about Scotland’s answer to Hollywood Westerns.
Calum’s Grandad was in the original cast of the films, which captured the attention of the director after hearing the story from Calum’s mum at a party!
Calum was then asked to be part of the documentary, singing and playing the guitar the way it would have been done by the cowboys. He also assisted the production team in finding the original cowboys and put them in touch with his uncles who were on set for some of the original films being made.
He said: “I have always known about the Falkirk Cowboys are my grandad was in the original cast of the films – but I had never seen them until this year!
“The documentary is a true feel good story that shows us no matter what we are doing or where we come from, we should always make time to be creative.
“I am incredibly proud to have been part of it and for my grandad’s legacy to continue.”
The programme will air on BBC One Scotland on Wednesday 4th December at 8pm or you can find it on BBC iPlayer afterwards here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000c1hb