Mark made this 35 minute film during a film residency and was inspired by memoirs of service men and women based in wartime Orkney. The premise for the film was to show another side of wartime Orkney, an alternative view to the much publicised ‘Bloody Orkney’, and one that rang true with his own experience of coming to Orkney, living here, and making it his home.
Thirty three local people filled roles as crew, actors and voice over artistes. All voice over memoirs and events in the film are taken from three publications: ‘Scapa Flow’ by Malcolm Brown & Patricia Meehan, ‘Sky Over Scapa’ by Gregor Lamb, and ‘Bloody Orkney’ by Virginia Schroder. The soundtrack was composed and played by Orcadian James Watson.
The project and film can be see here
The residency ran for twelve weeks (spread over 6 months). It was developed and managed by the Pier Arts Centre with the Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme.
Images: Mark Jenkins, Stills from the film.