A beautiful cinematic documentary about a man struggling to accept that he no longer has control over his son, his life and the island he loves so much.
Language: English – subtitles: Dutch
The hilly island of Muck, just off the west coast of Scotland, has been owned by the MacEwen family for more than a century. After decades of devoting himself to caring for the island, Lawrence MacEwen has now passed it on to his son.
Archive footage shows Lawrence as an enthusiastic young man, advocating an ethical and environmentally conscious way of farming.
Lawrence’s son Collin, now running the farm, adopts a different way of farming, and father and son clash over the old and new ways.
Documentary maker Cindy Jansen empathetically records the life of a man who has become one with his environment and stubbornly tries to ignore changes to his life.
“Was it truly the MacEwen family’s choice to live in isolation on the island, or would they not have been capable of living elsewhere? And how do they balance the inherited responsibility with the care for the community and their own family? These questions drove me to portray Lawrence, his relatives and their island.”
- “Although light on tension, this is an accomplished and atmospheric portrait of island life.” Little White Lies (review by Katy Goh)
- “Sadness lurks at the edge of the film, not just the grief of family loss but of a passing era that Lawrence is unwilling to let go.” Eye For Film (review by Amber Wilkinson).
The film is part of TU/e’s Green Week. After the film there will be a Q&A.
TU/e Green Week
Another edition of the TU/e Green Week will take place this year. The week from May 30th till June 3rd will be packed with activities about sustainability, such as a sustainable exhibit, practical workshops and lectures by high-profile speakers.
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