Sat 31 July 12:01am
Director: Alastair Cole
Available to stream online from Friday 5 March
The first cinema documentary entirely in Scottish Gaelic, Iorram (Boat Song) is a lyrical portrait of life in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, past and present.
Director Alastair Cole takes the audience on an immersive journey into the heart of a thousand-year-old community, blending archive sound recordings with contemporary visuals shot over the past three years, set to an original score by acclaimed folk musician Aidan O’Rourke.
At the core of the film is an extraordinary trove of sound archive, recorded by pioneering Scottish ethnographers in the mid-20th century, who visited the Outer Hebrides to capture the hardship and romance of life lived in precarious balance with the sea. These newly restored recordings preserve an oral history of lore and legends, tall tales and tragedies, passed down through generations of Gaelic speakers reaching back hundreds of years.
This soundtrack from the past is accompanied by images of the working rhythm of the islands today, on land and on water. The tough realities of fishing and gutting in all weathers and seasons co-exist alongside superstitions and visions of mermaids, faerie folk and mysterious vanishing islands.
★★★★★ “CULTURALLY VITAL… LIKE UNEARTHED TREASURE” Radio Times
Stream on demand from Friday 5 March for £4.99. You’ll have 48 hours to watch the film from the point of purchase. 50% of the streaming fee goes towards supporting Northampton Filmhouse.
Please note, while Iorram is listed on our website and we receive a share of the rental fee, the purchasing and rental agreement is between you and the film distributor for the movie.