Canned Film Festival (September 2014)
Holmfirth Film Festival (May 2013)
Written, recorded, edited, directed and produced by Alistair Innes Macdonald
Additional audio: Mark Crowe
Voiceover recording: Sebastian Salb
Traveller: Johannes Salb
Filmed on location on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in winter 2013.
Video recorded using a Sony FS100 digital video camera. Field sound was recorded on a Roland R-05 digital sound recorder. Voiceover recorded in Nuremberg.
An unidentified traveller visits an unidentified island with a hastily downloaded travel guide which may not be entirely accurate. Civil war, mutant sheep, irradiated seas, a prehistoric zoo and celebrity holiday homes figure heavily. Maybe.
The video and most of the audio for Island Going were recorded on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides whilst researching another film about an even more remote Hebridean island. In thinking about the film I was inspired by the poet Louis MacNeice’s 1930’s account of his travels in the Hebrides – he wasn’t impressed. A further influence on the film was the Situationist practice of detournement, where one navigates around one space using a map of another space. I was interested in the possibility of making someone see in the landscape what probably isn’t there. The desolate beauty of the Outer Hebrides also fascinated me but I wanted to make a film that did not concentrate on the usual or identifiable parts of the landscape.