I’m going to close this blog as this film is not generating a lot of news.
Some sad news first off. Cathy Adam who played one of the gossiping ‘Old Crows’ in the film and was 94 when we shot, sadly died last month. She came to the Mull screening of the film in March, and during that weekend I filmed her along with Euphi and Maimie, the other women featured in the film, talking about stories from their childhood. I am very very slowly piecing this together and apologies to everyone on Mull for how long this is taking. Here she is in ‘The Fisherman’s Daughter’ (on the right).
She was one of the most amazing, witty and inspiring people I have met, with stories and memories in every bone. Spending time with her, along with Euphi and Maimie, was reason enough for me to make this film and I am very grateful we had the chance to meet.
Here is a link to a short piece of her talking from the footage I shot back in March.
I realise I haven’t written at all about the screening we had in March. We showed the film in a hall just outside Fionnphort, I made a short film programme of themed short films and clips, we borrowed the primary schools projector and PA system. My family came, as did a lot of Cathy, Mamie, and Euphi’s children and grandchildren and it was really lovely night and I felt proud for having put it on. I did so whilst always on the brink of disaster, with ill humour and a lack of gratitude, but it still went well so some of that should be forgiven.
More news: the film has been rejected by almost every festival I sent it to, but has been accepted to a Scottish short film festival in a city whose name starts with the letter G. and possibly to a small, but surely lovely, festival in America. After that I think I’ll put the finished film online. Apologies to everyone involved that I haven’t tried harder with festivals.
General News: I have for the last three months or so been making a new short film called ‘Death in a Nut’; it was made with a production company called Digicult and with Creative Scotland funding. It has been quite hard and emotional work and I am out of steam and sick of it, but it is nearly finished. It will be much better than ‘The Fisherman’s Daughter’ and should be because it cost four times as much to make. There are some obtuse visual updates on the film on my other blog.
That’s it! If there’s any more news about festivals or screenings that happen I will tweet it. Otherwise the nine of you that are following this blog should probably stop and thank you very much for your time, and for your work on the film too, as most of you did.
My other blog is a bit more regular, though really I don’t have much interesting to say at the best of times so why I broadcast it is anyone’s guess.
Much love to you all,