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After more than a year in the making, the Discover Wild Orkney films will get their public premiere screening at Stromness Town Hall:

New nature films bring

wild Orkney to life

Public screening and Q & A at Stromness Town Hall Wednesday 29 April 8:00 pm Free entrance

Four new films from RSPB Scotland are set to boost Orkney’s profile as a haven for nature and a world-class wildlife-watching destination.

Capturing stunning wildlife footage across spring, summer, autumn and winter in Orkney, the films were created by award-winning wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant and acclaimed Stromness based film editor Mark Jenkins, with music composed by local musician James Watson.

Both the full-length films and three-minute teaser versions will be made available in the near future to help businesses, tourism websites and others promote Orkney’s natural heritage online.

In the meantime there is a unique opportunity to view all four films at a public screening in Stromness Town Hall on Wednesday 29 April from 8 to 9.30 pm.

Raymond Besant, Mark Jenkins and James Watson will be introducing their work and taking questions from the audience on the making of the films – from capturing wildlife moments around Orkney over four seasons to the challenge of composing the accompanying score.

Wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant said, “As always the weather was the biggest challenge when filming Orkney’s wildlife but it’s also what adds so much atmosphere and character to the films. I had a good idea of what I wanted to film in term of the species here but there are always nice surprises that come up whilst filming. Mark has treated the footage in a really beautiful way and the music composed by James is perfect so I think we have crafted some really special and uniquely Orcadian with these four films.”

Mark Jenkins of SpliceFilm added, “Working on this project has been an absolute delight. I already knew Raymond’s still photography work, but seeing his images come to life was just magical. Due to the strength of the images, we made an early decision to try to make these films speak for themselves, without narration or graphic information. James Watson’s music really strengthened this vision and I think we have a real cinematic experience for people to enjoy.”

The public screening is free to all and there is no need to book.

The films were commissioned from Cinécosse through RSPB Scotland’s Enjoy Wild Orkney project, funded by the RSPB, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.


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