HANDA, ISLAND SUMMER

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Places:

  • Sutherland

Subjects:

  • Birds

Genres:

  • Documentary
  • Nature

Decade:

  • 1970s

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Title: HANDA, ISLAND SUMMER

Reference number: 3608

Date: 1974c

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 12.40 mins

Description: Short documentary on the island of Handa, briefly highlighting the remains of human habitation, mostly featuring island wildlife and landscape.

Short documentary from the 1970s filmed on the island of Handa. The film looks briefly at the island's history of human habitation - its matriarchal society and parliament, but mostly focuses on the island landscape and bird sanctuary. Notable sequences and images from this film include: land and seascapes in and around Cape Wrath and the island of Handa; the arrival of a small boat of bird-watchers; an old overgrown graveyard and ruins of old crofters' houses, left over from when the island was inhabited [approx. 100 years ago] shots of the cliffs at Handa, highlighting birds like puffins, guillemots, herring gulls, eider ducks, cormorants and 'dive-bombing' skewers. The film also looks at plants such as the heath spotted orchid, bog cotton and sea thrift before concluding with further shots of hill-walkers, bird watchers and naturalists leaving the island by small boat.

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Credits: filmed on Handa by kind permission of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
ph. Allister Brabner
nar. Paul Kermack

Shotlist: Various land and seascapes in and around the island of Handa, featuring the arrival of a small boat of bird-watchers, an old overgrown graveyard and ruins of old crofters' houses, left over from when the island was inhabited [approx. 100 years ago] (4.16) shots of the cliffs at Handa, highlighting the birdlife (6.49) c/us of island plant life followed by c/us of birdlife [including chick hatching from egg] (11.37) shots of bird watchers / naturalists leaving the island by small boat (12.20) ecs (12.40)