Pioneering Glasgow-born filmmaker Jenny Gilbertson directs this poignant “story documentary” about crofting families in Shetland.
Jenny’s husband-to-be plays Johnny: a young man torn between his duty to home and his love for Enga, with the promise of a new life in Australia. Hailed by John Grierson - father of the British documentary movement - as “one of the best descriptions of life in the country anybody has yet made”, this tender and beautiful dramatisation of Shetland life surpasses the bounds of both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking.
HippFest is proud to present the world premiere of a new music commission by award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer from Fair Isle: Inge Thomson, with Shetland-born Catriona Macdonald - considered one of the world's leading traditional fiddle players.
*Content warning: this film contains some shots of dead animals*
Dir. Jenny Gilbertson (née Brown) | UK | 1933 | N/C U | 1h approx. + short
With: John Gilbertson, Enga Stout
Performing live: Inge Thomson, Catriona Macdonald
Creative captioning of music by Max McGrath
Introduced by Janet McBain, former Curator and Founder of the Scottish Screen Archive (Scotland’s Moving Image Archive)
Screening material courtesy of National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive
Online programme notes by Dr Shona Main
Commission funded by Creative Scotland National Lottery Open Fund for Organisations
Enjoy a complimentary tasting of single malt whisky on arrival, courtesy of Ian Macleod Distillers (over 18s only, ID required).
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