The Rugged Islands
Four classic films about Scottish Island life from the 1930s and 1950s.
The Rugged Island - A Shetland Lyric (1934) Produced and filmed by Jenny Brown. A drama-documentary about a young couple torn between the choice of emigrating to Australia or remaining to work their croft in Shetland and take care of their parents.
Eriskay - A Poem of Remote Lives (1935) A study of Eriskay’s crofting life, filmed by Dr Werner Kissling during a summer spent on the island. It was filmed mute during the summer of 1934. Narration and music was added in a London studio. The film was premiered on April 1935.
Life in the Orkneys (1957) Made in 1957 by Campbell Harper of Edinburgh this is Life in the Orkneys seen through the eyes of a mail boat skipper, a farmer and a civil air-service pilot. It includes a brief scene of the German fleet in Scapa Flow prior to scuttling in 1919, and an aerial shot of the Churchill Barriers.
Handba’ at Kirkwall, Orkney (1939) a short about the annual New Year’s Day Kirkwall Ba’ game between the uppies and the doonies.
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