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On the banks of Loch Earn at the foot of Am Bioran lies the tiny Perthshire Village of St Fillans. 2017 marked the Bicentenary of its re-naming and the whole village, with customary enthusiasm, came together to celebrate. This is the story of the village and its changing fortunes.
Archivist Jim Brierley takes us with him on a journey through time; from the Picts and the arrival of St Fillan himself, the early farming communities on the hillside, the Clearances, the foundation of the Highland Society, the arrival of the Railway and the two World Wars, right up to the present day. It is a story of endurance and of how adversity shapes and determines the survival of a community. It also reflects the challenges facing all our small, rural communities in Scotland today.
An intricate quilt made by the ladies of the village, depicting its most important features, works as a motif where we return again and again throughout the film as: Farmer, Ecologist, Child Care Provider, Shopkeeper, Artist,...
'... a legacy left to us by ghosts'
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Mousehole Films' documentary feature 'The Village on the Loch', directed and produced by Caroline Strong, filmed and edited by Danny Bean and Gabriel Bean has had an extremely successful Festival journey. It was screened as part of the exciting festival line up at HIFF - The Hebrides International Film Festival, September 2019 and also screened the same month as part of the Bosnia & Herzegovina Tourism Film Festival in Sarajevo and selected as Finalist in their 'Best Documentary' category. It has won a total of 14 awards and two further Finalist nominations on the festival circuit! Director Caroline Strong won 'Best First Time Director' in the Canadian Cinematography Awards, August 2019 (Toronto) and the film picked up 'Best Documentary' in the European Cinematography Awards, May 2019 (Amsterdam). A further five awards were won in the February 2019 edition of Flicks Film Festival (London): 'Best Documentary', 'Best Family Film', 'Best Editing' (Gabriel Bean & Danny Bean) 'Best Producer' (Caroline Strong) and 'Best Narrator' (Caroline Strong). The film went on to to be overall winners in the Flicks Festival 'Best of Year' categories for 'Best Editing' (Gabriel Bean & Danny Bean), 'Best Family Film' and 'Best Narrator' (Caroline Strong) and 'Runner Up' Finalists for 'Best Producer'(Caroline Strong) and 'Best Documentary'. In the Latitude Film Awards 2019 (London) the film won Gold Awards for 'Documentary Feature', 'Cinematography' (Danny Bean & Gabriel Bean) and 'Directing' (Caroline Strong) and in the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (Atlanta) 2018, the film won a Gold Award for 'Documentary Feature'. It has also made Official Selection in the Dumbo Film Festival 2019 (Dumbo, New York), the Rome Independent Prisma Awards 2019 (Italy) and the Gold Movie Awards 2019 (London). See more
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