The Small Islands Film Festival returns to Islay this weekend, bringing a varied programme of features, documentaries, archive footage and shorts on the theme of 'Homecoming - South and East'. Festival programmer Ray Burnett, Scottish Centre for Island Studies at the University of the West of Scotland, principal supporters of the event, says, 'The programme has a particular Argyll flavour, and looks at the notion of 'homecoming' in different ways which we think will be of interest and enjoyment to an Islay audience'.
The programme has four sessions: The opening screenings on Friday evening (2nd Oct) features the 1945 Michael Powell classic 'I Know Where I'm Going'. Filmed on Mull and with some dramatic sea scenes in the 'Little Corrievreckan' (the Grey Dog) off the island of Scarba, it is widely regarded as one of the best romantic films ever made. An accompanying documentary looks back at the making of the film, and an appreciation of its merit from Martin Scorsese amongst others. Continue reading....
The Saturday night closing session is a chance to see a rare version of the universal island story, 'The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' by master director, Luis Bunuel. This is previewed by an early drama-doc, Mike Alexander's 'Home and Away', that will stir the memories of anyone who recalls school hostel life in Argyll and Bute back in the 1970s. 'We have very different screenings for the Saturday morning and late afternoon sessions', says Ray. 'Scotland's impact on island communities across the world has been enormous. But it has not always been beneficial. While Scots like Robert Louis Stevenson carried memories of home to give positive support to other small nations and native peoples, others have had a complicity in colonialism that denied people both their home and homecoming, often brutally. We look at this legacy in Tasmania, Rapanui and Hawai' to raise awareness of the two sides of our involvement in the world of islands.' Continuing last year's Festival on Islay, there will be further screenings of archival material, this time set to music in The Island Tapes, and further screening of Gaelic documentaries and Film G award-winning Gaelic shorts.
The programme for this years festival is as follows:
Friday 2nd October
7.15pm â€“ 9.30pm Session A
I Know Where I'm Going Revisited (dir. Mark Cousins, 1994) 30min
I Know Where I'm Going (dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1945) 91 min
Saturday 3rd October
10.00am â€“ 12.15pm Session B
Blackman's Houses (dir. Steve Thomas, 1992), 58 min
Being Rapanui (dir. Susan & Santi Hitorangi, 2007) 56 min
4.30pm â€“ 6.00pm Session C
The Island Tapes [St Kilda (dir. David Allison, 2008); A New Way to A New World (dir. Peter Murray, 2008] 16 min + 15 min
Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawai'ian Nation (dir. Puhipau & Joan Lander, 1993), 58 min
7.30 pm â€“ 9.45pm Session D
Home and Away (dir. Mike Alexander, 1974) 30 min
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (dir. Luis Bu?uel, 1952) 90 min
On Saturday a selection of Gaelic documentaries and Film G shorts will also be available for viewing in the Library Resource Centre. All Sessions: Â£15(Â£10 con.) Individual Session: Â£4 (Â£2 con.) Full Festival & film details on: eileananbeaga.wordpress.com
This story was published with kind permission of the Ileach local newspaper.