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Poster for Riptide and Marram with people walking along the beach.

UistFilm screening: Riptide + Marram

UistFilm presents a special event in Berneray Hall, screening Riptide, “A schizophrenia love story road movie”, plus the premiere of Marram, a new Gaelic short film shot on Berneray. 

Written and directed by Tim Barrow, Riptide follows Jacob after his discharge from a psychiatric hospital as he attempts to resume his life in Edinburgh, control his schizophrenia and be a worthy member of society.  Soon frustrated by a banal existence, Jacob sets off north to the Highlands where he finds the charismatic Eva, who claims to be the secret daughter of Ingmar Bergman.  And she’s on a mission.  Jacob and Eva join forces and embark upon adventures.

Marram, by Elspeth Turner and Robbie Jones, is a contemporary story following a family on a Hebridean island as they try to understand and revive a beloved son.  Kevin has not spoken in months, his mother Maragidh embarks on a journey to collect something which may help him. Somewhere along the way, she also retrieves something forgotten in herself. On her return, she must reconcile all this with the frustrations of her other son, Seumas.  Meanwhile, the marram grass they need to thatch the roof over their heads recedes from a gradually eroding coastline.

Shot in Berneray, North Uist and in Edinburgh, Marram stars Dolina Maclennan, Daibhidh Walker and Ewan James Armstrong, and features a transcendent score by Gaelic electronica duo, WHYTE.  In Gaelic with English subtitles. 

Following the screenings, there will be an in-person Q&A session with both film directors, Tim Barrow and Elspeth Turner.  

Tickets will be available at the door in Berneray Hall, at a price that you decide, £3 – £10.  Cash only please.