FAIR ISLE - A GLIMPSE OF LIFE ON A LONELY ISLAND

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Places:

  • Shetland Islands

Subjects:

  • Birds
  • Fish and fishing
  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions
  • Ships and shipping
  • Transport

Genres:

  • Amateur

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Title: FAIR ISLE - A GLIMPSE OF LIFE ON A LONELY ISLAND

Reference number: 2892

Date: 1959c

Director: [filmed by Valerie Thom]

Sound: silent

Original format: std. 8mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 51.50 mins

Description: Crofting and fishing on the island of Fair Isle with footage of the islanders' daily life.

See also refs. 1618 and 2893

Shotlist: Title. Aerials - Fair Isle from the ferry boat "The Good Shepherd" (2.30) The new pier is a busy place gvs (3.30) fishing boats loading and offloading supplies. Larger boat "Karri" arrives. Pier scenes (9.06) the island scenery is spectacular and beautiful gvs cliffs, birds, water flowers (14.40) The village lies towards the south gvs. Houses old and new. Quernstones (16.24) Children, fish (?) drying outside house - skin of seal (?) being stretched (18.20) laying out fence wire and twisting strands to make rope (20.23) roofing (22.00) Post Office - van arrives. District Nurse (22.50) village store - interior (23.50) going to the kirk Fair Isle woollen goods are world famous. Knitters, hand weavers. Every island family farms a croft. Crofters cross by boat and scale cliffs by rope to sheep grazing on top of cliffs. Shearing. Fleeces taken back down to boat (31.26) Working the land. Milking cow, awaiting boat at pier, then putting cow into boat by sling (35.30) Hay making, milking goat, feeding lambs (36.50) The men fish around the island - baiting lines, at sea in small boats - pulling in skate or shark-like fish. Return to ferry slip - unload fish. Lobster (41.35) At sea setting lobster pots (43.20) Lighthouses and coastguards protect passing ships paintings, map of Fair Isle, photos (44.23) daily routine of lighthouse and coastguard station (47.17) The bird observatory attracts many visitors gvs wardens at work, boat brings visitors (51.00) loading sheep and supplies onto boat. Boat leaves the pier. gvs Fair Isle from boat. The End (51.50)