The name “Torchie” comes from the nickname given to the cinema ushers’ of Quinns Cinema on Reform Street, in the town of Blairgowrie, Scotland, in the 1950’s, by Ruaraidh’s dad Graeme, his uncle Charles and their pals. Bearing in mind that most homes in ‘Blair’ at this time did not own a TV set, the prospect of sitting back in Quinns cinema and watching The Blob for the first time would set young hearts racing to fever pitch. With over 250 highly excited kids attending every Saturday, order had to be kept in the cinema by the “Torchies” and the most feared “Torchie” of them all was Mr Henry Quinn himself who would rattle his torch off the back of the seats to signal he was on his way! Happy days.
Moving forward in time, Torchie Films hopes to continue exciting audiences and shining a light on the darker side of life.
Established by Ruaraidh Murray (producer, writer, actor) in 2011, Torchie Films regularly teams up with Liam Simpson (director, writer, editor), Nicholas Peel (Director of Photography), David Brody (actor, writer) and Alan Hopkins (camera assistant) on film projects.
Torchie Films first short film is the dark satire, The Doghouse (2011) which can be watched above.
“Really enjoyed it. It’s a twisted, intense, darkly comic piece that looked great.” – Ollie Madden, Head of Film – Shine Pictures
Torchie Films second short film is the dark comedy horror Russell (2012) which can also be watched above.
“It’s brilliant. Wonderfully shot. Graphic and very unusual. The performances are great.” Stewart Permutt
Ruaraidh is currently adapting the stage script of Big Sean, Mikey and Me with director Paul Robinson after having collaborated together on the Big Sean stage production.