Rural Nations Ltd

Rural Nations is a film and television production company that also delivers experimental performance and 

Community arts promotion.

Based in the Western Isles the company undertakes collaborations with national and international partners 

with a focus of creating film and contemporary performance that is inspired by people living in 

rural environments

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Thursday 24th March 2011

The Ravenspoint Centre at Kershader in South Lochs on the shores of Loch Erisort houses a community shop, tea-room, hostel, and visitor attractions such as the local history museum and the incredible Angus Macleod Archive. Turn off the main A859 Stornoway-Tarbert road at Balallan onto the B8060 and follow this for 6 miles. Ravenspoint is a former school and is well signposted. It is run by the community on behalf of both the local community and visitors in this beautiful Gaelic-speaking rural area. More details on

Before and after the films you can get refreshments in our tea-room and have a look at our exhibitions and other visitor attractions which highlight the dramatic history, Gaelic culture, and wonderful environment of South Lochs – the hidden jewel of Lewis. We have already held courses, talks, and book launches at Ravenspoint, and the films will add a new dimension. The afternoon films are archive footage from the amazing Angus Macleod Archive, which is open to the public at Ravenspoint.

So come along on Thursday 24th March and make a day of it – film showings are

at 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm. For further details telephone 01851 880236.

John Randal

Film showing £4.00 Concessions £2.00 Daily ticket £8.00


(1) COMUNN EACHDRAIDH NA PAIRC VISIT TO STIMREWAY (1991) – rare amateur archive film of the local history society’s visit to the evocative deserted settlement of Stimreway, including the placing of a Bible in the cairn to commemorate the people who once lived in this beautiful village which was cleared in 1857 and re-occupied by land-raiders for 20 years between the early 1920s and early 1940s (31 minutes).

(2) COMUNN EACHDRAIDH NA PAIRC VISIT TO CALBOST (1992) – rare amateur archive film of the local history society’s visit to the picturesque village of Calbost, the birth-place of Angus Macleod, which became almost completely depopulated in the 20th century, but which is now experiencing population growth. Includes footage of Angus Macleod’s museum and a Gaelic service in the former mission hall (57 minutes).


UK 2010/10mins

Director: Tim Travers Hawkins

Surprise, Arizona is a master-planned city, where everything is done to make your life as safe and enjoyable as possible and strict bylaws, gates and walls ensure that you have nothing, whatsoever to fear. But what are the neighbours afraid of?


France/Belgium/Ireland 2009/ 78mins

Director: Tom Moore

Starring: Venise du Bois du Roy, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican

In the 9th Century, in a remote part of Ireland, lies the fortified Kells Abbey, where 12 year

old Brendan lives quietly. Adventure, action and danger await young Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. Beautifully drawn and with a terrific voice cast The Secret of Kells is a wonderful old school antidote to the digitalisation of animation.


UK 2008/9mins

Director: Gili Dolev

The Happy Duckling is an adventure following the antics of a reluctant young boy and the relentlessly happy duck who trails him. It is set in a delightful and surprising pop-up book world where anything can, and does happen.


UK 1949/80mins

Director: Alexander Mackendrick

Starring: Basil Radford, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton

Filmed on the Western Isles, Whisky Galore is one of Ealing Studios greatest comedies. A group of Scottish locals try to relieve a recently stranded ship of its contents, which just happen to be thousands of bottles of the golden nectar: whisky. Alexander Mackendrick’s

first film as a director – before he went on to make other classics like The Ladykillers and Sweet Smell Of Success - is still one of Scottish cinemas best loved films and is based on the true(ish) story of the S.S. Politician that shipwrecked on route to Jamaica from Liverpool.


UK 2010/16mins

Director: Jane McAllister

A fragile community clings on to a run-down Church in Glasgow as it faces closure. Caretaker Tommy is 78 years old and for the past 16 years he has been cleaner, flower arranger, roof mender, soup maker and overall true measure of goodness for St Luke’s & St Andrew’s Parish Church of Scotland. With the prospect of closure looming ever nearer for St Luke’s & St Andrews what will be left for this fragile community of aging, lonely souls?