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A Boat Retold, documentary film, 25 min
  A Boat Retold (p.10ff), a documentary film by Louise Milne and Sean Martin (2011-13).

On the isle of Lewis in the oUter Hebrides, artist and poet Ian Stephen, writer Robert NacFarlane and others tell stories in and around the wooden fishing boat, Broad Bay, retored and rigged as a traditional sgoth Niseach, as it sets sail for the remote Shiants archipelago. Following the boat on its eleven-hour voyage, we come to see it as a living story in itself - about island boats and boat bulders, memories, legends and sea-roads - through interviews, storytelling and music.
The film deals with the renovation of a small Lewis fishing boat, Broad Bay, and its voyage to the Shiants in the summer of 2010. Digital HD footage of this voyage is cut together with interviews about memories and practices of traditional ship building on the Isle of Lewis, and with sections of Super 8 to convey a sense of time and depth. Shot in Super8 and digital HD with original music by Stornoway resident Peter Urpeth and by the famous Gaelic singer Ishbel McAskill.

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    25 March 2011

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    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Milne, L., & Martin, S. (2011). A Boat Retold, documentary film, 25 min. [Gallery Installation/ Documentary Film]


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