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  • Gaelic


  • Cinema Sgire Community Video Archive


  • 1970s

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Reference number: 21195

Date: 1978, June 9 - 10

Director: d. Simon McAuley, Mike Russell

Sponsor: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar; Scottish Film Council; Gulbenkian Foundation; Highlands and Islands Development Board

Production company: Cinema Sgire Project

Sound: sound

Colour: bw

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 15.00 mins

Description: A film directed and produced by Simon MacAulay and Mike Russell about Bonnie Prince Charlie's escapades in the Outer Hebrides and his escape with Flora MacDonald.

This video was digitised with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and The Gaelic Language Promotion Trust.

The Cinema Sgìre Project was a community project set up by Comhairle nan Eilean in 1977 - 1981 and was largely supported by the Scottish Film Council (a forerunner of the Moving Image Archive), the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Highlands and Islands Development Board. The Project operated throughout the Uists and Barra. In addition to the operation of a mobile cinema the Project also recorded everyday life in the islands.

Cinema Sgire was a community project using early video technology. Any inherent defects such as signal loss, drop-out, visual / audio disturbances, interruptions or incompleteness will be present in the recording.

Credits: Harris Drama Group

cast Roddy MacKenzie, Calum MacKay, David Cameron [et al] With Mairi Ann Morrison as Flora MacDonald

Shotlist: [First 30 seconds bad quality] then switch to opening titles of an humorous film about Bonnie Prince Charlie produced and directed by Simon MacAulay and Mike Russell, set in Culloden Moor, 17th April 1746. Starring Roddy MacKenzie, Calum MacKay and David Cameron among others. Young boy playing the pipes while bodies lie on the ground. Narration telling the story. Bonnie Prince Charlie and his accomplice escape in a car and a bicycle. The prince arrives at a pier and bribes someone to take him to Benbecula, and they leave just as the second man arrives by bicycle and is stranded. Narrator shows where Benbecula is on a map and tells of him hiding from the redcoats. Then he leaves for the island of Scalpay. Camera show people rowing in a small open boat. He arrives at Scalpay. [There are a few camera rolls]. The minister is seen leaving the manse, and camera shows a notice on the gate advertising a reward for information on the prince which the minister sees as he passes and takes it. Soundtrack to this scene is the song "Money money money" as the minister works out where to go. Minister arrives in Scalpay and tries to get to the prince, but is held back by the Scalpach. The children come and chase him off. The prince is seen walking in Scalpay with a crowd behind him, cheering and waving flags. The narrator comes back in with a map on screen, describing the prince going to Stornoway hoping to find a boat but failing, and having to return, being chased the whole time by government forces. Scenes of prince being chased. Cuts to someone who transpires to be Flora MacDonald reading the newspaper and listening to a radio bulletin saying the prince is hiding in South Uist and that the place is surrounded by government forces chasing him. The prince stumbles in introducing himself, the woman doesn't believe him, he says he needs a boat to go 'over the sea to Skye'. He dresses up as Betty Burke her 'maid'. The narrator comes in over someone playing the cello outside, to say the prince reached Skye and finally France. Scene of people rowing in an open boat. At the end the unfortunate soldier who kept getting left behind at the beginning appears, and is captured by a redcoat. intertitle "THE END Harris Drama Group 1978" at 00:13:00 then tape runs blank to the end.