Special Screenings / World premiere


  • Tony Kearney /
  • UK /
  • 2014 /
  • 90 mins

Debbie Mackay, Iain MacRae, Peggy Wood, Ali MacLennan, Dòl Eoin Mackinnon, Alastair Mackay, David Walker, Kathleen MacInnes, / Fiction / Scottish Gaelic

A stirring family saga in the Gaelic language.

 Returning to the island she left eight years earlier, young Mairi plans just to attend a funeral and then go back to her job in the city. But she forgot about the "bannan" - the family and emotional ties that bind her to her birthplace. Staying on to care for her beloved grandmother, Mairi gets drawn ever closer towards a confrontation with the father who never accepted her. The small screen gets bigger with EIFF's presentation of this spirited Gaelic-language pilot for an upcoming BBC ALBA drama series. [PG]

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  • #1 Helen Anderson / Friday 30 May, 2014 / 11:17 GMT

    Debbie Mackay's performance was both passionate and fiery. Looking forward to seeing more of her.
  • #2 Helen Anderson / Friday 30 May, 2014 / 11:18 GMT

    Debbie Mackay's performance was both passionate and fiery. Looking forward to seeing more of her.
  • #3 Sarah Gundry / Sunday 29 June, 2014 / 14:59 GMT

    Great to see new a new series for TV, (why just Gaelic TV.)
    Would need to see more to really comment on this series. As a "film" showing, it was in need of editing, but in the intimate setting of home, I feel it would work much better.
    It's a shame that the series draw on C20th stereotypes of Gaels: fisherman, story teller, crofter, etc. This is the 21st century and young folk listen to all sorts of music, go into town to work (not just from home), go to Inverness, Glasgow or Edinburgh to let their hair down, etc. They just as likely to go to a young farmers disco and be playing fruit ninja or whatever the latest craze is in London!
    But as I say, great to have a new "soap?", with great acting from Peggi and Debbie, and looking forward to seeing the rest of the series.

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