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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'
20 July 2018 (UK)
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Documentary Feature 'The Village on the Loch' has already enjoyed success in its Festival journey. It won Best Documentary Film (May 2019) in the European Cinematography Awards (Amsterdam). It picked up a further five awards 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). 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