A feature drama set in the declining fishing industry in North Shields, the actors auditioned and trained by local fishermen and filmed on the 63 foot seine netter bought by Amber.





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Credited cast:
Joe Caffrey ...
Maureen Harold ...
Dave Hill ...
Alfie Olsen
Brian Hogg ...
Micky Molloy
Sammy Johnson ...
Dandy Mac
Joanna Ripley ...
Karen Olsen
Amber Styles ...


When Amber film and photography collective decided to work in North Shields, the group bought a pub. When it wanted to make a film about the town's fishing industry, it bought the Sally, a 63 foot anchor seine netter. Actors coming for auditions found themselves at sea for days, gutting fish. When the story required a storm sequence, cast, crew and fishermen set sail, into the teeth of a force 9 gale, tripods anchored to the deck. Writer Tom Hadaway had a lifetime's experience on the fish quay. Filmmakers and actors brought a commitment to authenticity that was almost heroic. In Fading Light captures the Shields fishing industry on the edge of its decline, a beautifully shot film about work and community. The film centres on the upheaval caused in a traditional fishing community by the unexpected arrival of a young woman. A tale of epic proportions, life and death, emotional conflict, told with a documentary realism that denies melodrama. Tom Hadaway's tragic/comic dialogue, the ... Written by Amber Films

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2 April 1992 (Australia)  »

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In schwindendem Licht  »

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1.33 : 1
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Interesting, low budget, hyper real drama
7 September 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Made by the Amber Production Team, a collective of UK based filmmakers who make their small, Ken Loach-like films as a group.

It's a simple, honest tale, of a collage age girl working on her father's fishing boat for 10 days. The all male crew are uncomfortable, angry, intrigued with having a woman on board. The women on land are jealous and mistrustful.

Cast with semi and non pro actors, the faces are great – nothing Hollywood here, these are real, unglamorous people, living real, unglamorous lives.

The acting ranges from good enough to terrific, and there's some tension and production value as the boat weathers a real life storm storm.

On the down side, on the writing level some of the characters don't go far beyond archetype, and the overall effect is without a lot of emotion. I'm glad I saw it, but I don't know that I'll feel a need to return to it again.

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