St Kilda

Mels van Zutphen Short documentary - 2003 - 15 min.

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St Kilda, off Scotland's west coast, is the most remote archipelago of Great Britain, with the tallest cliffs. At the beginning of the documentary, we see a man's silhouette walk to the edge of a ravine. These blown-up images illustrate a remarkable ritual: in the old days, men had to prove themselves to their sweethearts by balancing on the edge. If they were capable of doing this, they would also be skilful enough to catch birds. The islands are still famous for their enormous seabird populations. But the last inhabitants of St Kilda were evacuated in 1930. The only two survivors of that period are so old now that they can no longer be interviewed. Old photographs and films are combined with colour and black-and-white images of today, which are sometimes stopped. As a result, the two eras merge visually.


Director(s) Mels van Zutphen
Producer(s) Mels van Zutphen
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