“I THINK Glasgow is the best city in the world,” says Naysun Alae-Carew as he takes a chair at the heart of Blazing Griffin’s sumptuous offices in the city’s Portman Street.

“I’ve lived and worked in quite a few beautiful cities now and am always relieved when I get back into a taxi on the way back from the airport and get to have a chat with the cab driver.”

He sits smiling broadly in the sandstone old schoolhouse at Kinning Park, it looks perhaps nostalgic from the outside, but is an interior decorator’s dream inside – all giant windows flooding in light to the stripped wooden floors, decades old tiling and hi-tech kit that melts together to make Blazing Griffin’s home.

His colleagues are laughing in the background. They wander around in jeans and chinos. T-shirts and jumpers. Posters from their movies adorn the exposed brick walls, white is everywhere, expanding the space. If you want to suffer office envy, this is the place to come.

Yet in the midst of this the zen-like atmosphere, is a Bafta award-winning media entertainment firm. In truth it’s Glasgow, and perhaps Scotland’s greatest creative secret.

But that’s all about to change. Big things are happening.


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Over the past six-years, this melting pot of three companies – film, gaming and post-production – have quietly been working away. You’ll find little Press. Yet on facebook, you’ll see a 30,000 strong community of followers.

In one room, the final touches are being put to Guilt – the soon to be aired BBC drama starring Line of Duty’s Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives of Chernobyl and Game of Thrones fame.

Across the way, and you might find clues to Murder Mystery Machine, the next big games project to be launched from Scotland which is sure to attract the interest of global distributors. You get the feeling it already has, the grins say it all.

Piles of DVDs from the successful launch of Runrig’s live Last Dance concert are ready for viewing, with news that the product of the firm’s first outdoor broadcast just topped the charts in Europe.

And dominating, promo images from Anna and the Apocalypse, the zombie musical that won a deal with Orion in the States, for a franchise already spanning film, music and books, and perhaps the one project to put the six-year-old company on the map.

“Glasgow – Scotland as a whole and Glasgow in particular – has been a really good home for us,” he continues. But what we found is there are a lot of people who want to come here because they want to come back home.

“Wherever they have gone they are sick of, even though they have become massively successful in their own right, but they say I want to come back to Scotland and back to Glasgow.”

The quickfire history to the firm was three friends working in different sectors to pull their resources and launch computer game The Ship, before moving into film, TV and production, backed by multi-million investment support from banks, the Scottish Government and others.


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Fast forward six years, they are on the cusp of several major new ­international deals, with plans to increase their already 50 strong workforce by at least a third.

And there’s plenty to come.

“Our next film is a story based on a book – Pandemonium – by Christopher Brookmyre,” he reveals, “We’ve developed a wonderful relationship with him and it’s not the only project we’re working with Chris on. Chris’s novels are now ready to be adapted. They’ve been tried for so many years but it’s just not really worked. But I think now audiences and commissioners are ready.”

“We’ve optioned a really exciting book called The Survival Game. That is an absolutely heartrending story set in 2050 when the climate apocalypse has occurred.

“I think you can explore that through storytelling in a very powerful way, more powerful than documentaries can because you really just

to connect with the impact on people. I think it is also relevant for just right now.”