New films get world premiere on Arran

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The world premiere of two new films exploring our relationship with the sea was staged on Arran last Friday.

One of the films by Ed Webb-Ingall was shot on the island and features members of the community speaking about the No Take Zone and the south Arran MPA.

And he was back on Arran to meet the cast for the premiere of  his new film: I walk there every day, but never saw it that way. The second film, collectively titled Shore: How We See The Sea, was shot in Wester Ross by Margaret Salmond, titled Chladach, it takes a very different look at the coastal community there.

Taking place in collaboration with COAST and Regional Screen Scotland, the launch event last Friday saw the films premiere in the mobile Screen Machine in Brodick. There were also storytelling sessions with Local Voices, the screening of feature documentary Chasing Coral and hands-on activities encouraging all ages to become citizen marine scientists, exploring rockpools and taking a microscopic look at the sea and its inhabitants.

Ed’s film began with conversations with people from across a diverse range of Arran communities – a retired couple, children, a novelist, people from COAST conservationists cleaning a beach – and those from much further afield, including a marine biologist, trawlers, creelers and legal professionals with a focus on water rights. The aim of his video is not to resolve anything, but to provide a trigger to ask further questions and continue the conversations we see happening on screen, to understand the role and impact of MPA’s for those people who live near them and work with them.

Ed seeks to understand the various relationships that exist between different people making use of, and living with, the sea and to ask such questions as ‘Who does the sea belong to?‘, ‘How do you use the sea?’ and ‘How do you protect the sea?’

Speaking about his film Ed said: ‘My interest is placed alongside those of the participants and will not outweigh them; instead we will work together to develop a project that will hopefully be of benefit to all who participate’.

Curated by art and environment organisation, Invisible Dust, in their first project in Scotland, Shore: How We See the Sea will tour across Scotland over the next 18 months to communities with close connections to the sea and MPA’s, from Barra to Edinburgh.

Ed (far left) with some of the cast of his Arran film on Brodick beach and others involved in the project. 01_B30shore01

Ed explores a rockpool with some of the local children featured in the film. 01_B30shore02