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A groundbreaking documentary showing upheaval of remote communities will premier at Highland Cinema later this month with a special event and theatrical run.
The Northwest Highlands is an area unlike any other on Earth. Wild, storm-
weathered wildernesses of rock, heather and bog stretch north for hundreds of miles.
Laying claim to the lowest population density in Western Europe, it nevertheless
supports a people with a proud history and culture, who depend on the land around
them as much as it depends on them.
Small Country, produced by Scotica Film Ltd, is an exploration of this land, its people and the uncertain future they now face. Following the lives and work of those who depend most on this landscape, including fishermen, farmers and guides, we see the unprecedented scale of the challenges which now grip the Northwest: mass tourism, the disappearance of tight- knit crofting communities and the rise of industrial exploitation. This is a country growing like never before.
After a year of uncertainty in the Scottish arts scene and restrictions on screenings
and gatherings, the Highland Cinema and Scotica Film are delighted to announce
this special event on June 27 which will premiere the film, accompanied by an
introduction and Q and A with director Gregor D Sinclair.
The event will be followed by two additional screenings on June 28 and 29.
Sinclair said: ‘Small Country is about listening to the voices and stories of those who
are most intimately tied to the land of the Highlands, and is intended as a conduit for
discussion around the issues of industry, environment, culture and history.
‘I can’t think of any better place to begin this discussion than the Highland Cinema, and
welcome everyone to come, watch, and share their own thoughts and experiences.’
Hamish McIntyre of the Highland Cinema added: ‘Highland Cinema is delighted to be
open for locals and tourists again.
‘We are particularly pleased with our line-up of local interest films coming up soon, including the beautifully shot Small Country by Gregor Sinclair, capturing life in the remote Northwest Highlands in a way never before seen on film.’
More information about the event, as well as ticket sales, can be found on the Highland Cinema website.
Small Country’ was shot and edited between Spring 2019 and Winter 2020 by Gregor D Sinclair and features the transcendent and ethereal music of Richard Skelton. For more information and continued updates about the film, visit www.scotica.film