For generations, fishing has been at the heart of the communities of South West Mull and Iona; from supporting subsistence living on crofts, through the heyday of the industry and into the present day, when it is still the primary livelihood for many individuals and families.
The stories of fishing are told and retold: the knowledge of the sea and weather signs, the tall tales of misadventure are passed on, but not often recorded; while those of the families on shore are rarely heard.
A new film, Cliabh An T-Shenachais – The Story Creel, created in collaboration with Alasdair Satchel of Struthach Films, celebrates the community’s fishing stories past and present. The voices of local fishing families will be interwoven with songs and poems from school children and images of people and place.
Everyone is welcome to attend the thrilling red-carpet premiere on Fionnphort beach on 23 July, complete with music, hot food and taxi boats to and from Iona! Or you can join the communities for a matinee screening on 3 October at Bunessan Hall on Mull. The film will also be made available online from 4 October. Find out more on South West Mull & Iona Development’s website.