Documentary Feature 'The Village on the Loch' has already enjoyed success in its Festival journey so far. In the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (Atlanta) 2018, Caroline Strong won a Gold
Award for Directing. Danny Bean & Gabriel Bean won a Gold Award in the Latitude Film Awards (London) 2019 for Cinematography and in the same festival Caroline Strong won a Gold Award for
Directing and a further Gold was awarded to the film in the category of Documentary Feature. It has also made Official Selection in the DUMBO Film Festival 2019 - Dumbo, New York! Check out all
the trailers on the Showreel page.
We are delighted for our Wildlife Cinematographer, Danny Bean who had two of his stunning short
films Highly Commended in the British Wildlife Photography
Awards 2019! Check them out on these links -
Morning of the Moorland Matadors
No Room at the Top
Village on the Loch
On the banks of Loch Earn at the foot of Am Bioran lies the tiny Perthshire Village of St Fillans. 2017 marked the Bicentenary of its re-naming and the whole village,
with customary enthusiasm, came together to celebrate. This is the story of the village and its changing fortunes.
Archivist Jim Brierly takes us with him on a journey through time; from the Picts and the arrival of St Fillan himself, the early farming communities on the hillside, the
Clearances, the foundation of the Highland Society, the arrival of the Railway and the two World Wars, right up to the present day. It is a story of endurance and of how adversity shapes and
determines the survival of a community. It also reflects the challenges facing all our small, rural communities in Scotland today.
An intricate quilt made by the ladies of the village, depicting its most important features, works as a motif where we return again and again throughout the film as:
Farmer, Ecologist, Child Care Provider, Shopkeeper, Artist, Skydiver, Librarian, Professor, Vicar and Jockey, each take up the threads and add their piece to the patchwork. We discover that over the
centuries “although the nature of those challenges may have changed, the village pulls together in much the same way.”
Today's challenges include: the spectre of Brexit and the risk to farm payments, the closure of the village school, the closure of the railway, lack of affordable housing
or child care provision. We see how restrictive legislation within the National Park impacts on tourism putting the lone village shop (a lifeline to the elderly especially during the Winter months)
at risk. Limited bus services and poor internet connection make the expectations of modern life a little tricky, especially for the young. The environmental impact of intensive grouse shooting;
habitat destruction, species persecution and subsequent flooding, are major concerns. The weather itself, especially in Winter, is perhaps the most unpredictable challenge of all, affecting humans
and animals alike.
With major supermarkets between twenty and forty miles away and one road in and out, modern self absorption and self reliance have no place here. Generosity, compassion
and concern are the norm; as one villager remarks as he tends to his own garden, ‘The elderly in this community are well cared for. These vegetables go far and wide’. The future of any community,
however, relies on the young, as one interviewee points out, ‘I think if you want to keep St Fillans alive and going, you need to encourage young people to stay’ and we learn by the end of the film
that a number of the families featured have sadly had to leave the village.
The film opens with the narrator asking ‘What is a village?’ and we learn it is more than the dictionary definition, ‘A cluster of houses and associated buildings, larger
than a hamlet and smaller than a town’ it is the people, past and present, who have made it thrive and grow and endure. Once the destination of Royalty and global pop icons, St Fillans apparently
remains a home for pixies and fairies! The echo of history weaves it’s way through the poetic narrative, ending with it’s greatest treasures, the villagers; who, speaking movingly to camera, share
with us what this place means to them. We are left touched by their warmth, humour, compassion and values we feared were lost.
This visually captivating documentary film, showcases some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery and wildlife, courtesy of the combined and considerable filming and editing
talents of Perthshire based brothers, Gabriel and Danny Bean (two time British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 Highly Commended Cinematographer) and with a moving soundtrack,
including music by young Scottish composer David Chappell. The film is written, directed and produced by first time feature director Caroline Strong and is Exec' Produced by award winning TV
director/producer Ade Bean.
CULTYBRAGGAN - DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Award winning TV director and writer, Adrian Bean, directs, writes and produces on this fascinating documentary feature about Camp 21 Cultybraggan, close to the
small Perthshire village of Comrie. This beautifully preserved WWII POW camp, proves to hold the personal and moving stories of ex POW's, their families, friends and members of the local community,
who still remember its impact on all their lives over seventy years ago. Currently in post production and due to complete 2019, the feature is filmed and edited by Gabriel and Danny Bean and narrated
and co-produced by Caroline Strong. For more stills photography of the extraordinary people we have interviewed, please go to our Stills Gallery
We had an exciting week filming the archaeological dig run by Dr Iain Banks and his team from the University of Glasgow. They were searching for evidence
of tunnels and have uncovered significant finds to pursue a further, more intensive in the future. This makes for an intriguing final chapter in our
forthcoming documentary feature on the camp and a tangible bridge between past and present. A huge thank you to Iain and his students and team.
'No Time Like Spring' - Spring in the Highlands shows nature at its' most frenetic, fearsome, funny
and fragile - courtship, nest
building, birth and danger! Featuring: Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, Mountain Hare, Pheasant, Osprey, Red Kite, Red Squirrel, Roe Deer, Dippers and so much more! With stirring
original music by David Chappell - 'The Clockmaker's Apprentice' and inspired by the poetry of Christina Rossetti; 'No Time Like Spring' races through a Season of heartstopping beauty,
while the clock ticks. Watch it on our showreel page
In The Blea'k Midwinter' - Winter has come to the Highlands and battle begins to survive its beautiful cruelty. Part Two of our
four part Odyssey through the seasons in the Scottish Highlands. We encounter Mountain Hare, Roe Deer, Buzzards, Robins, Highland Cattle, Bullfinch and more against a breathtaking Winter
backdrop and the Northern Lights. Setting the Winter mood is 'Cranham' by Gustav Holst arranged by David Chappell with the inspiring poetry of
Christina Rossetti. You can watch this by going to our Showreel page.
'The Fall of the Leaf' - The first part of our Highland Odyssey
through the seasons. We follow a fallen leaf on its journey down stream. The countryside is transforming into rich shades of orange, red and gold as the wildlife prepares for the hard Winter to come.
Featuring; Red Deer, Red Squirrel, Red Kite and the Salmon Run. The Fall of the Leaf is set to the melancholy music of Marcus Neeley -
'Illilia' and inspired by the poetry of Robert Burns. To watch this go to our Showreel page.