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Reference number: 0028

Date: 1942

Director: d. Terence Egan Bishop

Production company: Merton Park Productions

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 14.00 mins

Description: Life on Harris in the Western Isles during World War II. A local family await news of their son after the sinking of the vessel "Atlantic Queen".

Scenes of fank (gathering of sheep) shot at Scarister. Based on real life incident involving islander Angus Murray.

See also SCOTLAND'S WAR, transmitted Oct. 1992 - a programme on real life incident involving Angus Murray that prompted the storyline of this film.

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Credits: ph. Jack Cardiff
ed. C. Beaumont
sd. rec. Charles Tasto
m. William Alwyn
comm.w. Terence Egan Bishop
comm.s. Joseph MacLeod

Among the islanders who appear in the film are: The Mother Bean Ailein The Father Somhaisle Mac Tille Mhoire The Son Iain Mac Neill Chiolais The Daughter Kitty MacLeod (Catriona MacLeoid) Factor played by Jock McCallum of Rodel Hotel Skipper of lifeboat - John Gillies [motor mechanic from Harris. Age 14 at the time].

Shotlist: Credits. The story of life on Harris during the Second World War. The family's daily work continues after they hear of the sinking of the "Atlantic Queen' by a German submarine with the knowledge that one of their family was a crew member. The survivors of the ship row 300 miles in a lifeboat to the shores of the Hebrides. Shots of life and work on the island, including fishing, making the "browns" and "greens" of Harris tweed, washing, spinning, carding, weaving and waulking the tweed. Shots of peatcutting and gvs of the life-style of the people (14.10)