House about this? Film-maker Scott zooms in on top award

Scott Houston & Jo Swinson
Scott Houston & Jo Swinson

A LENZIE film-maker has paid tribute to veterans after winning a prestigious award for a poignant documentary.

Scott Houston won ‘Best Documentary’ at the first ever Film The House awards - a national competition for budding UK movie-makers - for his work ‘Fought by Weapons, Won by Men’.

The film focuses on Poppyscotland, who offer practical support to Scottish veterans and families.

Scott was nominated for the award by East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson.

His film was screened last week on the House of Commons terrace and his prizes include a studio tour, work experience and a private screening for friends and family.

Scott (18) said: “I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have won ‘Best Documentary’ at the Film the House awards.

“The timing could not be more appropriate with this year’s Poppy Appeal getting in full swing and Remembrance Sunday just around the corner. The award is testament to the crucial role that Poppyscotland play in supporting our veterans and their families, and all the great work they do. Here’s hoping that this award is the first of many!”

‘Fought By Weapons, Won By Men’ was one of 18 films shortlisted from more than 1,000 hours of film entered into the competition.

Ms Swinson said: “What a truly amazing result. I am so proud of Scott.

“With Remembrance Sunday coming up, ‘Fought by Weapons, Won by Men’ is a timely reminder of how Poppyscotland supports those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all.”

You can watch Scott’s film by logging on at”

Film the House is a national competition to raise political awareness of the importance of intellectual property to the film industry. Members of the public were invited to enter films and scripts, the best of which were nominated by local MPs.

Scott - a digital film student at SAE Glasgow - said: “The documentary focuses on the fantastic work that Poppyscotland does supporting Scottish veterans.

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