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 ...
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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
A satisfying tale of light and shadow - the future facing all youth today and the need to hang on to your cultural roots. Wonderful acting throughout from actors not usually available to us. The sideline is its amazing tribute to Martin Bennett, piper and composer, sadly no longer with us, and hence the film name Blackbird(his last album) - Director Jamie Chambers wrote a lot of the excellent music which assists in resolving the underlying themes.
This film works on so many levels - the passing of the older ways (Margaret Bennett, Norman MacLean, Sheila Stewart - all of whom are icons in "traditional" Scotland)and the rage their passing causes Ruadhan (Andrew Rothney)as he goes through the rites of passage with Amy (Scarlett Mack). New ways come into the village and force a resolution through the agency of Calum (Patrick Wallace). Authentic performances from the supporting caste make the whole film a believable, beautiful graphic of contemporary Scotland.
I believe you will hear again of these actors.
I have not mentioned the technical side of the filming but I assure you, if technical excellence is what rocks your boat(excuse the pun -and if you do not understand the pun watch the film! HAHAHA)it will not disappoint!
Poignant and funny in places,you will laugh and you will cry! All in all fair brings a tear tae a blin man's ee. (Translate: to a blind man's eye - Scots attempt at humour)
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