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OUTER HEBRIDES FILM ARCHIVE

The FAODAIL | FOUND digitisation programme was launched in December 2018 when we crowdfunded digitisation of a Super8 film collection of Annie (Chnoc na Luib) MacDonald’s.  This revealed fantastic gems of Outer Hebridean moving image history, documenting 1970s and early 1980s crofting, school projects, natural history and island life in general.

In 2021, the Anne and Bill Scott collection of Berneray footage from the 1960s and 1970s was digitised.  This fantastic archive of life in Berneray was shot by the Scott family, relatives of Donald Alick MacKillop (Splash), during annual holidays in Berneray over two decades, and inspired the award-winning feature documentary DÙTHCHAS | HOME, produced by UistFilm.  The documentary has now been screened in cinemas all over Scotland, in Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Brittany, Germany, the USA, and with extra special screenings in Australia – in Gloria MacKillop’s home town.

FAODAIL ARCHIVE FUND

UistFilm have launched a new fundraising campaign to digitise a variety of recently unearthed collections of 8mm film, totalling over 12,000′ feet or 9 hours duration.

The Crowdfunder aims to raise £10,000 for this digitisation.  To donate to the campaign, please visit: gofundme FAODAIL Archive Fund Digitisation

Collections to be digitised include:

  • Cathleen Russell’s (née MacAskill) childhood and family scenes in North Uist potentially including additional footage of Gloria & Splash’s wedding reception at Newton House, which her family ran.
  • Jimmy Monro’s footage, primarily unique footage of St Kilda in the late 1960s while he was working on the MOD base construction and also life in and around Lochmaddy, including Hercules the Bear.
  • Additional reels of Annie Chnoc na Luib’s home movie footage of North Uist from the 1970s, to add to the outstanding collection digitised in 2018.
  • Gaelic tradition bearer and folklorist Margaret Bennett’s father’s home movie footage from Canada and Scotland.
  • MacKenzie family Uist holidays at Ardheisgeir, from 1966-68 featuring the MacLeod family, crofting, thatching, trout fishing, daffodil growing and various scenes of Uist and Barra.

Watch the promo video here https://vimeo.com/taigh/faodail2024

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ABOUT FAODAIL | FOUND

FAODAIL | FOUND aims to make digitised films available to a wider public and in venues across the Outer Hebrides, enabling individuals, island museums, schools, libraries and Comann Eachdraidh, heritage and arts venues to access archive film footage.  Public screening events present the films to a wide range of audiences, to collect detailed information and reminiscences from those eras and locations relating to the films.  This added context is of immense value to Outer Hebridean social history for future generations. 

Do you have old home movies of the Outer Hebrides in the cupboard?

Up until as late as 1979, very little, if any, publicly disseminated moving image created in or about the Outer Hebrides was made from anything other than an outsiders’ perspective. This lack of an indigenous viewpoint and language led, at best, to an uninformed, and often romanticised or patronising, representation of island life.  

We are working to bring together all available archive film made in or about the Outer Hebrides, generating new film projects from archive film sources, to reinterpret archive moving image from contemporary islanders perspective.