Cast and premiere date announced for short film, Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale


5 Oct 2021

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Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale, a new short film by Seth Hardwick, will be streamed on the National Theatre of Scotland website and social platforms from 20 October 2021.

The film celebrates Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, with the support of Caledonian MacBrayne and their ferries. Following on from the National Theatre of Scotland’s Ferry Tales project in 2020, the performance of which was sadly not able to go ahead due to COVID 19, filmmaker Seth Hardwick has made a new short film, Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale featuring some of the original artistic talent.

Directed by Seth Hardwick and scripted by Seth Hardwick and Viv Gee the film’s cast members are MJ Deans, Bruce Fummey, John Kazek and David Rankine with music from Scottish folk singer Josie Duncan.

Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale, is a new short digital artwork celebrating the waters surrounding Scotland’s western isles and the voyages over them made by thousands of locals, workers and visitors each year. Taking inspiration from the unique and timeless world of ferries and filmed in the West of Scotland on a Cal Mac ferry, the film follows a return journey home to the islands, reflecting the warm, welcoming heart of Scotland’s coastal communities.

Having found what she was looking for, Mairi takes the last ferry home and a community folds its arms around her. Hopeful and uplifting, Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale ebbs and flows through a journey of loss, understanding and acceptance.

Josie Duncan’s song Carry Me Home, which features in the soundtrack, was commissioned by National Theatre of Scotland for the original on-board theatre production in 2020 and featured in a lockdown musical recording from BBC Alba last year.

Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale is supported by the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, coordinated by EventScotland. In 2021, Scotland continues to celebrate its coasts and waters with a programme of activities and events which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. From our beautiful natural features including coasts, lochs and rivers to our industrial heritage such as our canals, mills, and the creation of our national drink – whisky, Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our culture, our stories and our way of life.

More information can be found here.