Two of the leading TV and film production companies in the Highlands and Islands are based in the Western Isles. What does their island base mean to them and their business? This will be a fascinating session as Beatrix Wood of Trixpix (South Uist) and Seumas MacTaggart of Mac TV (Lewis) discuss what it means to base a media business away from the perceived urban creative centres, and how the islands and their culture influence work that is in demand well beyond their home.
An Taistealaiche / The Far Traveller
A mighty Viking explorer rose from humble origins to become the most intrepid woman traveller of the Medieval world. Some 500 years before Columbus, Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir, the granddaughter of a slave in Scotland, crossed the Atlantic. She gave birth to the first European child in North America, and even made a pilgrimage to the Vatican. The Far Traveller retraces Guðríður’s brave steps from Greenland to Newfoundland and beyond. Weaving together exclusive interviews, vivid reenactments and cutting-edge technology, the documentary brings the world of Viking women to life in vivid detail. Inspired by the latest archaeological discoveries—and supported by ancient manuscripts known as the Icelandic Sagas—this is a largely unknown story from more than 1000 years ago during the Vikings’ first encounters with faraway civilisations.
Trusadh - An Geamhradh
A unique filmic glimpse into the lives of islanders inspired by winter in one of Britain’s most northern communities. The nights draw in, the clocks fall back and as the ancient custom of Samhain signals Harvest’s close, winter, in the Outer Hebrides, arrives.
Out here, where low-slung villages link wilderness and sea, the dark season throws landscape and life, and their many textures, into sharper focus. It can be harsh and it is always long. Many would never endure it, but for some who live here, winter brings its own light - a time of creativity, to be cherished. This programme falls into step with artists, poets, wilderness lovers and more as they navigate their own versions of winter in this island outpost