Cadies Productions was created in April 2004.
Robin Mitchell, who co-founded Edinburgh's Cadies & Witchery Tours in 1984, is the Director of Cadies Productions.
We have produced the following documentary films: And So Goodbye (2004, 24 mins), The Rest is Silence (2005, 10 mins), Finding Bob McArthur (2007, 75 mins), Breadmakers (2007, 11 mins), The Scottish Parliament: Following the Ghost Road (2007, 35 mins), William McLaren: An Artist Out of Time (2010, 51 mins), About A Band (2010, 43 mins), A Tale of Two Syrias (2012, 64 mins) and a series of short films for Relationships Scotland.
We have also worked with Edinburgh Director Keith Bradley on his horror feature Sacrificed (2008, 80 mins) and Jim Hickey's The Dungeon Moor Killings (2009, 80 mins). Our horror comedy The Download Horror (2012, 70 mins) was released in November 2012.
In between films, our Director Robin Mitchell has written one novel Grave Robbers (Luath Press), the top selling guide book What's Under the Kilt? and the children's book and stage show, Princess Pumpalot (The Farting Princess (Director Liam Rudden) which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Princess Pumpalot returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016 with a brand new show - Princess Pumpalot: The Radio Show – Live on Stage!
Our play, May I Have The Bill, Please?, Directed by Liam Rudden, was performed at The Boards, Edinburgh Playhouse as part of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
A Tale of Two Syrias
Film (Documentary and Biography) Producer Salem is an Iraqi fashion designer in Damascus. Botrus lives a remote existence in a hillside monastery. This consistently insightful and unexpected documentary offers a unique perspective on what the dream of freedom means to two very different people in the face of a brutal regime, creating a vital snapshot of life in the year before Syria's uprising. Written by Yasmin Fedda
The Writer's Circle
Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Thriller) Producer Martin is a young, aspiring writer but seems to be quite uninspired. While attending a weekly creative writing class, headed by a pompous, past-it TV writer and comprised of highly competitive but equally frustrated types, Martin bears constant sniggering at his drafts. His plots seem to be missing something, they say, so the tutor advises him to write what he knows. Upon incorporating flashy violence into his tales, Martin is confronted by a colleague regarding his source of inspiration. He claims to have merely followed their advice but how exactly is murder what he knows? Written by Pedro Rilhó
About a Band
Film (Short and Music) Producer The documentary About a Band features Edinburgh's Columcille Ceilidh Band which includes musicians with learning disabilities. The filmmakers follow the band playing at a variety of venues in Scotland as well as at workshops for people with learning disabilities. Interviews with the band members show their working relationship and the creative tensions that exist within any band. The joyous sounds of the ceilidh music are interwoven with these personal tales, giving a true sense of just how important the band is in their lives. The film includes an interview with Ian McCalman of Scotland's top folk band McCalmans and a sequence in which distinguished Scottish folk musician and composer Phil Cunningham plays with the band at a rehearsal. Written by Robin Mitchell and Jim Hickey
William McLaren: An Artist Out of Time
Film (Documentary) Producer This film is the first to document the life and work of the Scottish painter, illustrator and decorative artist, William McLaren. From humble beginnings in the 1920s in Cardenden, a mining town in Fife, McLaren went on to produce work in some of the finest houses in the UK. His illustrations appeared regularly in the 1950s and 1960s in the BBC's Radio Times. He became a prolific book illustrator and designer of dust jackets for over 150 books. In 1966 a commission to create a series of paintings for Hopetoun House near Edinburgh was the breakthrough for McLaren, leading to decorative commissions in private houses and public buildings where he developed his trompe l'oeil style. The filmmakers have traced hundreds of works by McLaren and many of these are included in this documentary, together with testimony from those who knew him. He died in 1987, aged 64, leaving behind a range of work that will surprise and delight many people. Written by Jim Hickey & Robin Mitchell
The Scottish Parliament: Following the Ghost Road
Video (Short) Producer The Scottish Parliament - Following the Ghost Road is an accessible and entertaining documentary film that shows a candidate's progress to Election Day. In an era when the electorate grows more apathetic and cynical towards the politics and elections, this 35-minute film shot over 8 years during three Scottish Parliamentary elections is a unique insight into the practicalities of political campaigning. The film's candidate, a pale-faced ghost, Adam Lyal, has stood in three consecutive Scottish Parliamentary Elections in 1999, 2003 & 2007. By following a candidate who is not a member of any major party, the film is able to strip away some of the mystique surrounding parliamentary elections. This documentary goes behind the scenes of the campaign and features unique historic footage of three election-night counts in Edinburgh. It also reveals the unfolding drama of 2007 when an automated count replaced the manual system with far-reaching consequences. The Scottish Parliament - Following... Written by Robin Mitchell
The Dungeon Moor Killings
Film (Horror) Actor Adam is determined to find evidence of the existence of big cats that have been reported over the years in remote areas of South West Scotland. He convinces his best friend Mark to go with him and after an overnight stay at a country commune, they are joined by two girls, Marina and Summer, with the commune leader Phil agreeing to act as their guide. As they set off across Dungeon Moor, there is talk of a Polish girl who recently disappeared and a scientist working on a secret project in an isolated farmhouse. It becomes clear that Phil is leading them on a journey where their lives are endangered by something more than roaming big cats. Gripped by the thrill of danger and enjoying the developing sexual tensions in the group, Mark and Adam ignore warnings and their rural adventure turns into a nightmare. Written by Hickey, Jim (IV)
Film (Documentary and Short) Producer At a unique Edinburgh bakery, a community of workers with learning disabilities makes a variety of organic breads for daily delivery to shops and cafes in the city. The workers interact using individual expressions, repetitive speech and sign language, revealing intricate social relationships with each other and their support workers. In what can seem a chaotic workplace, there is a mix of sounds that can approach levels of white noise amidst the carefully structured everyday process of bread production. The featured bakery is part of a centre inspired by the ideas of Rudolph Steiner where the workers realise their potential for self-discovery and creativity in a social environment. Written by Yasmin Fedda
Finding Bob McArthur
Video (Documentary and Drama) Editor Preparing for a lifetime achievement award, movie director Bob McArthur is assailed by voices and images from his past.
The Rest Is Silence
Film (Short) Producer The Rest is Silence follows the journey of an anonymous, unclaimed body through its progress from discovery to cremation. The film's focus is not on the body, but on those who guide it through the necessary procedures and the rituals leading to its interment. The progression to a silent state of the person who is now a corpse and for whom all this work is carried out, is the core of the film. Without sensationalizing, the film documents events through a series of significant moments that are revealing and poignant. Written by Andrew T. Henderson
And So Goodbye
Film (Documentary and Short) Producer Finding some hand-made film magazines at home, Robin Mitchell learns about a film that his father starred in and produced in 1943. With his father too ill to tell him about it, he embarks on a search that leads him to the film and to the home of its director Robert Edwards. In a revealing interview, Robert Edwards talks about his lifelong passion for films and tells the story behind the film's production by a small group of enthusiasts in Fife. Robin eventually reunites the filmmakers at an emotional 60th anniversary screening of the film. Written by Jim Hickey
Edinburgh: An Entertaining Tour of Its Sights and Secrets
Video (History) Producer Edinburgh - world renowned for its stunning beauty as 'The Athens of the North' - unites the Old and the New in a city which spans a history both vibrant and entertaining. Take this tour through the closes and wynds of Edinburgh's Old Town and the magnificent Georgian avenues of the New Town with your guide Adam Lyal. At the height of its glory in the 18th century Edinburgh became one of the most influential cities in the western world with more geniuses living within the half square mile of its centre than any other place on earth. As this programme takes you through the city you will be introduced to the feast of fascinating stories which are woven into the fabric of Edinburgh's outstanding architecture. Adam Lyal was and is Edinburgh's most celebrated ghost. Hanged in 1811 for highway robbery this affable, amusing and ashen-faced phantom continues his exploration of the city's rich and glorious past, and can be seen nightly guiding visitors through the streets of Edinburgh. Written by Derek Stores
Adam Lyal's St. Andrews: Ghosts, Gowns and Golfers
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Tales of Old Edinburgh
Video (History) Producer The distinctive character of Edinburgh's most historic thoroughfare is vividly brought to life on this exciting and unusual video. Our guide through the closes and wynds of the mile is Adam Lyal (deceased), hanged in the Grassmarket in 1811. Adam is now the city's most famous and charismatic ghost. He introduces us to the grandeur of the Royal Mile architecture, regales us with tales of execution, witchcraft, plague and torture. We meet intriguing characters from Edinburgh's colourful and eventful past-from John Knox to the Foule Clenger. Adam also visits the famous tattoo at the castle and soaks up the carnival atmosphere of the Edinburgh Festival. Written by Robin Mitchell II
The Ghosts of Scotland
Video (History) Producer "Scotland has more ghosts stories than I've had hot dinners", exclaims ghoulish narrator Adam Lyal (deceased). From the gothic ambiance of the Inner Sanctum Mr. Lyal regales, expounds & embroiders a selection of supernatural tales with his unique blend of charismatic wit and wisdom. With a keen historical eye, Adam answers many sinister questions chosen from the never-ending Scottish library of legends. His spine chilling stories are brought down to earth by the cynical comments of Scottish sceptic "Doubting Thomas" who casts doubt on Adam's tales of woe & intrigue. This mortifying mix of history, humour & hauntings provide us with an entertaining, amusing, yet fascinating film on phantoms. Written by Robin Mitchell II
Georgian Edinburgh: Tales of the New Town
Video (History) Producer Edinburgh - world renowned for its stunning beauty: the Athens of the North. At its heart is the city's New Town, a feast of interesting stories which are woven into the fabric of its outstanding architecture. In this video we bring you some of these tales through the medium of Adam Lyal (deceased). Hanged in 1811 for highway robbery, Adam Lyal is Edinburgh's most celebrated ghost. Following the success of Adam Lyal's Royal Mile, this affable, amusing and ashen-faced phantom continues his exploration of this city's rich past. Guiding us through Edinburgh's Georgian New Town, he brings to life all the splendor, elegance and sophistication of a world of wonderful architecture, famous characters and intriguing stories. Written by Robin Mitchell II