Lewis Teckkam: Young Scot Awards 2014: Arts

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Having lived his whole life in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy, 21 year old Lewis Teckkam from Hawick hasn’t had it easy. Undeterred, the would-be director is passionate about film making and theater and refuses to let his disability get in the way.

Over the years of being involved in Borders Youth Theatre, Lewis has performed a variety of colourful roles in productions which include Wastin’ Times, Peter Pan and even Sweeney Todd. He also took up the role of Assistant Director on the group’s version of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.

Lewis played a key role as a young filmmaker with Voice Of My Own before making his own film, tackling issues close to home.

Looking at problems facing wheelchair users when trying to enjoy the countryside, Lewis’ film was selected to screen at the Co-op Young Film-Makers Festival.

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