CROFTERS

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Places:

  • Highlands, the

Subjects:

  • Fish and fishing
  • Agriculture

Genres:

  • Sponsored

Decade:

  • 1940s

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Title: CROFTERS

Reference number: 0120

Date: 1945

Director: d. Ralph Keene

Sponsor: MOI with the Ministry of Agriculture

Production company: Greenpark Productions

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 22.12 mins

Description: A look at everyday life in the crofting community of Achriesgill in Sutherland.

Credits: [Presented by the MOI with the Ministry of Agriculture]
Produced by The Green Park Unit of Verity Films Ltd for the Ministry of Information
associate p. Edgar Anstey
written by Ralph Keene
ed. Dennis Hopper
ph. Peter Hennessy
ed. Denis Hopper
musical score Dennis Blood
conductor john Hollingsworth
recorded by Merton Park Studios

Made in co-operation with the crofters of Achriesgill, Sutherlandshire.

Shotlist: No credits. Shots in and around Achriesgill, a crofting community in Sutherland (.44); mail van arrives from Lairg carrying mail, people and stores (2.54); Shots of Mrs MacKay, the shopkeeper, and her husband, delivering to distant crofts in his van (3.46); Shots of schoolmistress, minister and district nurse (4.44); Shots of derelict crofts contrasted with modern, solid two-storey houses. Brief details of crops (5.64); Crofters get together to gather sheep from the hills. Men and dogs drive flock into pens (10.55); Sheep are sheared with hand shears, the fleeces are rolled up and stored (12.24); Cows are herded to grazing ground after milking (13.18); Women carrying water from a spring in buckets. Women washing clothes in wooden tubs, gathering eggs, and cleaning oil lamps (14.25); Peat is cut and stacked until required in the home (15.48); Shots of a crofter working as a ghillie for a tourist. Shots of others working on the roads under government contracts. Boat repairs. Lobster fishing in a small boat (17.43); Sheep are gathered in again and dipped (20.05); Shots of hay being cut with scythes. The hay is gathered up and built into haystacks (22.25).


Running time approx 22 minutes