JIMMY is a film about the disabled rights campaigner Jimmy McIntosh MBE. Martin was commissioned to make the film by the Scottish Documentary Institute, Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland for their Bridging The Gap strand.
"A day in the life of Jimmy McIntosh, MBE, who has been campaigning for disabled rights since 1972. See the world from his point of view, as a wheelchair user living with cerebral palsy, in this film by Scottish BAFTA-winning director Martin Smith." - Sheffield DocFest
The film gives a unique insight into this life - an incredibly intimate point-of-view portrait - with shooting taking place over six months ultimately capturing a day in the life.
The film won the Franklyn Marshall Award for Short Film at the CurtDoc International Documentary Festival in Vidreres, Spain, where it was in competition against films from 16 countries. It was also nominated for the BAFTA New Talent Award from BAFTA Scotland for Martin Smith in the Director of Photography category. It won Second Prize at the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards in Dublin. It was nominated Best International Short Film in the Bill Douglas Award, nominated for Best Scottish Film in the Scottish Short Film Awards at the Glasgow Short Film Festival, and nominated Best International Short Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Further screening info can be found here.
The film was selected for DocuWeeks™ the International Documentary Association’s yearly theatrical showcase, designed to help qualify documentaries for Academy Award® consideration. The film screened for seven days in New York in August at the IFC Center and the film was subsequently qualified for Oscar nomination.
Martin was director, cinematographer and sound recorder. He was excited to shoot the project with SDI Productions producer Finlay Pretsell. Post production took place at 422 Media with sound design by John Cobban. Martin edited the film himself on Final Cut Pro.