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Tuinn Cagarach (Whispering Waves): A Sketch for a Sound Archive-led Feature documentary film

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alastair Cole



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Bath Spa University, 2021.

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Tuinn Cagarach (Whispering Waves) is a 20 minute proof of concept for a feature length documentary set in the Outer Hebrides in north west Scotland. It aims to explore the role of the Scottish Gaelic language, and its historically recorded stories, songs and retelling of events, in the understanding of the contemporary significance of the sea and fishing industries to the island’s cultural, and particularly linguistic futures. The film combines Gaelic language sound archive recorded by ethnographers in the middle of the 20th century with contemporary observational documentary images filmed with the fishing community in the islands today. The project aims to both examine the links between Gaelic and fishing, as well as explore of the capacity of sound archive led creative documentary filmmaking to foster connections between the past and present for audiences.

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Author(s): Cole A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Creative Media Research

Year: 2021

Issue: 6

Print publication date: 24/05/2021

Online publication date: 24/05/2021

Acceptance date: 01/04/2021

Date deposited: 24/05/2021

Publisher: Bath Spa University


DOI: 10.33008/IJCMR.2020.31


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