What is a Muckle Hen?
- (‘mʌk ə l) dialect (Scot) adj
great or abundant
- (hɛn) noun
the female of any bird, esp the adult of the domestic fowl
The Muckle Hens
After a nomadic childhood that took her from the African bush to the swampland jungle of Irian Jaya, Shona came home to Edinburgh. She had many colourful years working as an actress and presenter, before moving into film production. She started working for Cromwell Films; line producing their first two feature films and producing the award winning film ‘Macbeth’ starring Helen Baxendale and Jason Connery.
With three feature films under her belt by the age of 26, she was then scouted by Waterside TV to head up their production. Shona was then selected as one of three producers in Scotland to work on Channel 4’s ‘Holy Grail’ initiative, working with Wark Clements to develop returnable drama series. This experience inspired her to set up Muckle Hen, which she did in 2003. She has produced work all over the world for a host of clients including Lloyds, Glenmorangie, IKEA, Scottish Executive, Silverburn, NHS, Northlink Ferries and RBS, in places as exotic as Las Vegas, Vienna, Helsinki and Dunbar.
When not on a shoot she can be found in the wilds of Scotland fishing for brown trout for breakfast.
Hannah is a writer director who won the American Screenwriters’ Association Grand Prize for her co-written feature FIREWORKS and was commissioned by Scottish Entrepreneur Shaf Rasul (of Dragon’s Den) to write an eco-conspiracy thriller, POINT OF NO RETURN. Her work is usually comic in tone and she continues to work as a screenwriting consultant for the comedian and writer Lenny Henry. She has a raft of prize winning short films under her belt - NIGHT SWIMMER won the Grand Prix at Vendôme Film Festival and IN THE MOOD - featuring Kelly Brook as a tap-dancing German spy – won silver in Mumbai and was a worldwide feel good festival hit. The movie which ignited her passion for film was the chemistry comedy THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT, and she has had a lifelong interest in stories which involve scientific themes.
She has also directed corporates and commercials for clients as diverse as RBS, Glasgow Caledonian University, The London Fire Brigade, Bosch, Plan International, John Menzies and Scottish Enterprise.
Hannah is usually first on the dance floor and yet grows her own allotment veg...
That's right, another Hannah! Our Production Manager Hannah Currie has worked in the media for five years in various roles as a freelance journalist for national publications including The Scottish Sun and The Herald, in marketing and PR for music venues and festivals, and in event management.
Hannah has a keen interest in people and her work documenting the lives of rural African women in Ghana won her the Glasgow University prize for best undergraduate student. In her hometown of Glasgow she is active in the music industry, running two successful live music and club nights called MILK and LAID.
Hannah brings her amazing adaptability, shrewd organisational skills, knowledge of contemporary culture and sharp edge to the position of Production Manager at Muckle Hen.