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Blackbird (IV) (2013)

 -  Drama  -  20 July 2014 (USA)
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Young ballad singer, Ruadhan, despairs as the fabric of his Scottish hometown erodes. There are no fish in the sea, no jobs and a steady exodus to the city. Life as he loves it is slipping ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Andrew Rothney ...
Ruadhan
Scarlett Mack ...
Amy
Norman Maclean ...
Alec
Sheila Stewart ...
Lorna
Margaret Bennett ...
Isabella
Sarah Sunderland ...
Jenny
Robert Turner ...
Ewan
Gayle Mccutcheon ...
Kathy
Deborah Whyte ...
Sofia
Isabella Baronello ...
Maureen
Allan Thornton ...
Nigel
Christopher W. Hammond ...
Mike
Carolyn Galloway ...
Postmistress
Sara Pearce ...
Girl at Harbour
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Wallace ...
Callum
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Young ballad singer, Ruadhan, despairs as the fabric of his Scottish hometown erodes. There are no fish in the sea, no jobs and a steady exodus to the city. Life as he loves it is slipping away and Ruadhan's idol, town bard Alec, has little stomach to fight the change. Long time best pal, Calum, and returning childhood friend, Amy, spark Ruadhan's struggle to keep the past alive. When Alec takes off to a retirement home in mysterious circumstances, Ruadhan must act quickly to save him and protect the town he loves. As his battle spirals out of control, it becomes Ruadhan who needs saving. Featuring legendary performers Norman Maclean and Sheila Stewart, Blackbird brings Scotland's most loved folk heroes to the big screen. Written by Anonymous

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Soulful film-making with a wonderful, committed cast
11 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw Blackbird on a whim, drawn in by the few words in the programme, at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival. I fell in love (and not just because my friend brought white jazzies to the screening.) It is a beautiful film. Slighty unearthly yet firmly rooted. Soulful film-making with a wonderful, committed cast. The beauty of The Machars and of the folk music inhabit and inform all the film's characters but there is no dull worthiness to the film's exploration of tradition and heritage. Rather an exuberance, a playfulness, but not one shy of pain. This film and, in particular, the central character of Ruadhan, make me think of the lyrics of another 'Blackbird' - You were only waiting for this moment to arise.


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