Tha thu air Aigeann m’ Inntinn

Mon 17 Dec

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Film & Talk by Catriona Black

The world première of Tha thu air Aigeann m’ Inntinn [You are at the Bottom of my Mind] by Catrìona Black, a five minute, hand drawn animation based on archive interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Iolaire disaster. Three of Black’s previous short films will also be screened, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Catrìona Black spent a year making this powerful hand-drawn animation about the Iolaire disaster, in which 201 sailors were lost when their boat hit rocks just yards from home. Archive recordings of survivors and witnesses are interwoven with a haunting musical score by fiddler Sarah-Jane Summers, and Iain Crichton Smith’s poem “Tha thu air Aigeann m’ Inntinn”, performed by Patsi Mackenzie. The film explores the trauma felt by contemporary Lewis men and women who want to understand their inherited pain, but struggle to connect to the men they lost after generations of silence.

This is the first ever animation about the Iolaire disaster, allowing the viewer to relive it visually for the first time. The five-minute film is multi-layered, combining charcoal-style animated drawings with subtle textures, photographed and filmed in relevant locations, and with poignant details from disaster fund forms, completed by relatives in the weeks following the tragedy.

Tha thu air Aigeann m’ Inntinn will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on:

31/12/18 at 20:20 & 22:05
1/1/19 at 17:25 & 19:10
2/1/19 at 20:25
6/1/19 at 19:40

An Lanntair thanks MG ALBA and BBC ALBA for permission to screen the film.