Meet the Edinburgh teenage baker turned filmmaker behind Amazon Prime movie

Bailey McKenzie, a man with red hair and black shirt on
-Credit: (Image: Bailey McKenzie)


An Edinburgh baker has turned into an aspiring filmmaker - funding his first movie by himself.

Bailey McKenzie, 19, worked with a skeleton crew - doing multiple jobs himself. He wrote, directed, edited and was a camera operator among other jobs.

His first foray into filmmaking resulted in The Last Hope which follows a grief stricken detective who is searching for redemption after the death of his son.

The detective movie will be available to watch on Amazon Prime next month, which is a big boost for the young filmmaker.

Bailey said: “I wrote the film when I was 17 years-old. Then I made it when I was 18. Overall the shoot was great, It has been a huge learning curve and opportunity for me.

"I am really excited and happy it will be available to watch on Amazon Prime, and it has been submitted to a number of film festivals too."

The film is a mid-length movie with a runtime of 40 minutes. He said of the whole process: “It might seem scary but once you get going and see the vision that you wrote and storyboarded come to life on the screen, it will be a very good feeling and you know that you have done it right.”

Bailey works part time at Baynes Bakery, and the rest of his time he is scriptwriting, setting up a team and doing ore-production work for his next movie. He booked the time off from work as a holiday to be able to make his film.

The young aspiring filmmaker paid for everything himself with no funding, grants or backing. He admits it was hard but he was proud he was able to do it himself.

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Speaking about his film training, Bailey said: “I took part in a six month course for filmmaking, but I already knew most of what they were teaching. I ended up taking days off from it to go and actually make this film as I would be learning more from making my film.”

All of the film was shot in and around Edinburgh. He said: “My family absolutely love it, they are so happy about it. And they are so proud of the fact that I did everything and funded everything myself.”

An actor holding up a piece of paper, a clue.
A still of actor James Kane from The Last Hope -Credit:Bailey McKenzie

For his next project he will be able to share the workload as he has a co-director and co-scriptwriter on board. He said" “It is a bit scary having someone else come on board, I am so used to doing everything myself. But knowing if I have to take a day off or if I am sick, someone will be there to keep it going.”

He continued: “I am excited though, it will take a lot of pressure off of me, and he is more into slasher films so can handle that part and work out the kinks of the story. I will handle the drama and heavy dialogue!”

The next project will be a slasher comedy set in the Scottish Highlands. Bailey is ambitious about this with plans to fly his American actor friend over to take part.

Bailey is hopeful that in the next few years he will be making movies full time and growing his connections in the industry. He said: “It's crazy, last year I watched Five nights at Freddy's in the cinemas and I am now working on a project with Joseph Poliquin who starred in the film. I am fortunate to make that connection.”

Bailey's directorial debut has been submitted to several film festivals for this year. You can watch The Last Hope when it becomes available on Amazon Prime June 6.

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