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Iorram (Boat Song)

1h 36m Documentary, Audio Described 2021

A lyrical portrait of the fishing community in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Iorram is the first ever feature documentary in Scottish Gaelic. Painting a portrait of daily life in the islands, observational footage blends with archive sound recordings of stories and songs, all set to an original score by acclaimed folk musician Aidan O’Rourke.

In a place where the past is the present, Iorram sees director Alastair Cole unearthing treasured tales to create an immersive cinematic visual and audio feast that pulls apart the beating heart of a rugged and isolated community to evoke its working rhythms. Through its storytelling, of toil, laughter and loss, the documentary unmistakably weaves the history of the Outer Hebrides with the lyrical power of the Gaelic language in a tribute to Scottish identity.


Alastair Cole


Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic





Bonus Content

Making Of - Director's Comment


Director Alastair Cole’s comment on the making of Iorram (Boat Song)

Q&A with composer Aidan O'Rourke


Discussion between the Film’s composer Aidan O’Rourke and director Alastair Cole about Iorram’s score

Q&A with Dr Magnus Course


Discussion with Dr Magnus Course and director Alastair Cole about the research underpinning Iorram on the relationship between Scottish Gaelic and the fishing communities of the Outer Hebrides.

English Audio Described

1h 36m

The first cinema documentary entirely in Scottish Gaelic, Iorram is a lyrical portrait of the fishing community in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

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