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  • Inner Hebrides


  • Arts and crafts
  • Birds
  • Celts and celtic culture
  • Fish and fishing
  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions
  • Ships and shipping
  • Tourism and travel
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  • Documentary
  • Sponsored


  • Films of Scotland Committee
  • Pelicula Films


  • 1980s

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Reference number: 3068

Date: 1982

Director: d. Mike Alexander

Sponsor: Films of Scotland, the Hugh Fraser Foundation and the Scottish Film Production Trust

Production company: Pelicula Films

Sound: sound

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 18.00 mins

Description: The island of Iona is glimpsed in summer and winter, through the lambing and harvest seasons, from sunrise to sunset.

Last film to be released by Films of Scotland. See production file.

Credits: original m. Ossian recorded at Castle Sound Studios, Penicuik
narr. w. James Wilson
narr. s. Finlay J Macdonald
ph. Mark Littlewood
ed. Bert Eeles
Made with the support of The Hugh Fraser Foundation and The Scottish Film Production Trust

Shotlist: Title credit (0.11) brief shot of Iona Abbey in the distance(0.17) panning shot of the island in the sunshine(0.50) ferry approaching the island in stormy conditions(1.33) brief shot of rocky coastline followed by passengers alighting from the ferry(1.45) crofters gathering hay together and making hay stacks in windy conditions(2.24) shot of small fishing boat off the coast of the island interspersed with school children on their bikes heading for school(2.53) schoolchildren playing football in school playground(3.18) crofters herding sheep near the coast line of the island(4.08) c/u's of highland cattle grazing on the shore panning out to show the shore(4.40) shots of the small islands and rocks off the coastline of Iona from a boat(5.06) panning shot from the island of the same small islands and rocks overlooking Columbas Bay(5.20) c/u of the bay(5.35)shot of the "Hill of the back turned to Ireland"(5.46) brief shot of Iona Abbey in the distance(5.54) brief shot of the Chapel of Oran silhouetted in the evening light(6.03) shot of the "Abbots mound" moving to a panning shot of the Abbey grounds in the sunshine(6.33)c/u's of the Celtic Crosses in the Abbey grounds(7.08) shots of the "Street of the Dead" in the Abbey grounds - the burial site of many kings and Lords of the Isles(7.35) int shot showing sculptured burial slabs(8.20) general shots of the Abbey grounds(8.54) shot of "The Island of the Women"(9.06) general shots of the beaches and rocky coastline of the island(10.27) shots of oyster catchers on the beach(10.53) shot of passenger ferry coming in and passengers alighting onto the slipway(11.26) shots of tourists in and around the Abbey grounds(12.09) int of the Abbey with a church service in progress(12.33) general shots of the island interspersed with the tomb of the 8th Duke of Argyll(13.22) int shots of the Abbey(14.10) shot of the cloisters with a modern sculpture in the middle(14.28) shot of people boarding the ferry with shots of houses and boats on the quayside followed by the ferry leaving the island(15.04) shot of elderly woman spinning wool outside with sheep and lambs in the background(15.25) int shot of middle-aged man operating a mechanised loom weaving cloth(15.48) crofter cutting corn and gathering it into corn stacks(16.19) shots of white doves flying around the Abbey grounds(16.56) ecs, overlaid over shots of the coastline of the island shot at the evening gloaming(17.48)