Shadow Of A Journey
TitleShadow Of A Journey
DirectorTina Keane
CountryUK
Year1980
Duration20mins
Format16mm, Vhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionShadow of A Journey was filmed on a ferry going to the Isle of Harris from the Isle of Skye. On the screen light and shadow play across re-worked images of the sea, the reflections of passengers and birds broken apart and reconstituted by the moving waves. On the sound track Peggy Morrison tells the story of the Highland Clearances in Harris, her poetic, lilting voice juxtaposed with the harshness of a story remembered across generations of women. 'The songs and story in Shadow of A Journey weren't recorded on that visit (in 1978) but over the course of several years. Peggy sent me tapes of her singing and the story of the Highland Clearances in Harris, which I was to incorporate into the final version of the film. I used the Super-8 film of shadows on the seas as a sketchbook, which I worked on, blowing a portion of it up to 16mm and then adding the sound that contrasts the bitter story with the almost abstract beauty of the waves.' (Tina Keane)