On May 20th from 5 pm Timespan presents the first screening of Tidal Cinema:
In Great Waters, 1974
Directed by Laurence Henson
The film documents the lives of fishermen in the Shetlands, Western Highlands, and Outer Hebrides during the mid-1970s. The film takes viewers on a journey from the fishing process to the sorting and selling of their catch at markets. Through vivid imagery and intimate interviews, the documentary provides an immersive glimpse into their daily routines and relationship with the marine environment around them.
The Bayview, 2021
Directed by Daniel Cook
On Macduff, in Aberdeenshire, an extraordinary family have turned the previously derelict Bayview hotel into a place of respite for international fishermen when they come to land. This film is a glimpse into this unlikely home and the transient guests who pass through it.
The short documentary has been awarded at the Glasgow Short Film Festival 2022 with the Best Scottish Short Film Award.
The screening will be accompanied by a discussion at 6 pm between The Bayview’s director Daniel Cook and Susie Seui, cross-cultural advisor, multi-linguist, and owner of the Bayview Hotel in Macduff.
Daniel Cook (b. 1989, Edinburgh, Scotland) lives and works in Glasgow. Cook immerses himself in the lives of his subjects creating work that is at once performative, factual and fictional. Often focusing on people in the fringes of society, his films capture characters who very much live for the present. His most recent film The Bayview (2021) a film about an extraordinary family who turned a derelict hotel into an international fisherman’s hostel, won best European Film Award at Clermont-Ferrand film festival amongst winning awards in other short festivals in the UK and abroad. It was also nominated for a Scottish Bafta, a Grierson award and best short at the European Film Academy in 2022.
Susie Seui is a cross cultural advisor and multi linguist. She runs the Bayview hotel in Macduff (http://www.thebayview.co.uk/)*, which she has turned into an unofficial fishermen’s respite, used predominantly by international fishermen. The Bayview provides a home away from home for Ghanaian, Sri Lankan, Filipino and Eastern European fishermen who are in need of a bed and some home cooked food. Despite international offshore workers being essential to the UK fishing industry, resources for these men have been limited. Acting as an advocate for the workers and protecting their basic human rights, Susie has supported them through numerous challenging situations and frequently relays their concerns to the Scottish whitefish association and UK policy makers in Westminster.