‘To throw!’ with Tobermory RNLI to celebrate Scottish lifeboats on film
‘To throw! On the Sea with Scotland’s Lifeboats’ – a new archival film and video release celebrating RNLI communities across Scotland – arrives at An Tobar in Tobermory on Sunday, November 14 at 4 p.m. as part of its Grand Film Tour Scottish.
Directed by Shona Thomson in co-production with Screen Argyll, To throw! features an all-new, immersive soundtrack composed by Jason Singh, Jenny Sturgeon, Arun Ghosh and John Ellis. After the film, some members of the Tobermory RNLI volunteer team will talk about their rescue work, and the audience is invited to share their own stories about the RNLI.
The film has been in the works for two years with unprecedented access to the RNLI’s own archives. 1920s film footage of lifeboats from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive is woven from color promotional films from the 1960s and breathtaking digital videos captured by 21st century helmet cameras of the crews of the RNLI when in the wild sea. The film is part of the celebration of the Scottish Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21. Mull’s audiences will be delighted to be featured in
To throw! a 1930s film in Tobermory showing the lifeboat christening ceremony
Sir Arthur Rose.
Tobermory RNLI Director of Rescue Operations Dr Sam Jones said: “I have been involved in
To throw! since its inception and I am very happy that it arrives in Tobermory. In addition to some modern rescue footage from our station, the film features footage from the christening ceremony of the
Sir Arthur Rose, Tobermory’s first lifeboat, at Fisherman’s Pier in August 1939. I was lucky enough to see
To throw! live at Celtic Connections in January 2021 and the soundtrack is very powerful. We are all grateful to An Tobar for not only hosting what promises to be a wonderful afternoon, but also for donating the proceeds from the ticket office to our lifeboat station.
To throw! features an all-new immersive soundtrack – designed specifically to be experienced on the big screen – composed and recorded by John Ellis (who has performed and recorded with Tom Jones, Lily Allen, James Yorkston, John Squire and The Cinematic Orchestra), Arun Ghosh (APPJA Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year), Jason Singh (sound artist and nature beatboxer known for his regular appearances on
Springwatch, Country file and BBC 6 Music), and Jenny Sturgeon (acclaimed singer-songwriter whose recent project
The Living Mountain is a collection of songs and movies inspired by Nan Shepherd). Soundtrack producer David McEwan (who has collaborated with Nitin Sawhney, Jeff Beck and Sting) brought the musicians together during lockdown using pioneering online mixing software.
Like modern volunteer lifeboat crews, To throw! Also features images of the women saving lives at sea in Scotland. These were made using glass plate photographs by Jack Lowe as part of the Lifeboat Station Project – Jack’s eight year mission to photograph all RNLI Lifeboat Stations in the UK .
To throw! is supported by EventScotland through the Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters 20/21 and the Scotland Events Recovery Fund, by The National Lottery and the Scottish Government through Screen Scotland, and Film Hub Scotland, which is part of the BFI Film Audience Network.
Film director and award-winning A Kind of Seeing curator Shona Thomson said, “No matter how long it took,
To throw! has always been a film about celebrating and sharing the crucial work of RNLI volunteers across the country – it uses the past to talk about the future. Bringing it to the An Tobar audience, this tour will hopefully reach the heart of a lifeboat community and provide everyone with a safe and special immersive experience on the big screen. It’s truly inspiring to see the creative collaboration with RNLI Tobermory as compelling lifeboat stories are shared alongside
Jason Singh, who collaborated with Shona on their success Follow the fleet touring UK in 2017, said: “Creating the soundtrack of
To throw! was an amazing experience. We had a dream team of creative and technical virtuosity and wanted to create a score that honors the emotion and the power of the images and that of the work of the RNLI. We also wanted to bring together the acoustic and electronic musical universes to reflect tradition but also modernity. I hope people can experience the incredible work that the RNLI and the communities at large have done over the years ”.
Roger Lockwood CB, President of the RNLI Scottish Council, said: “This is a truly unique and exciting opportunity for the public to see RNLI operations in Scotland for themselves. Scotland’s 46 lifesaving stations cover some of the most dangerous coastal waters in the world – used not only for recreation or transport, but also for people’s essential livelihoods. I am delighted that through
To throw! a wider audience will be able to appreciate the selflessness of our Lifeboat volunteers who put their lives in danger to save the lives of others.
Paul Bush OBE, Events Director at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to support the Scottish Film Tour of
To throw! Out on the sea with Scottish lifeboats as part of the Year of the Coast and Water 20/21. Scotland provides the perfect stage to celebrate our coastal traditions and this tour gives audiences from across the country the chance to experience unique insight into the vital work of the RNLI and the lifeboat communities.
RNLI media contacts
For more information, please contact
Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager and Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747601900 or [email protected]
Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or [email protected]
Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or [email protected]
Notes for EditorsEditor’s Notes
Shona thomson is an award-winning independent creative and curator based in Edinburgh and through A Kind of Seeing she has presented live cinema events reaching over 8,000 people across the UK and abroad. Driven by a passion to connect people and places with their heritage, Shona has produced and organized film events, festivals and tours for over 20 years, including a long association with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, new commissions for the Glasgow Film Festival and producing the first five years of the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, Scotland’s only silent film event with live performances. akindofseeing.co.uk / @urbantwitcher / Facebook
Argyll Screen supports all forms of film exposure, promotion and engagement across Argyll, providing remote communities with opportunities to connect through film with the widest possible audience. Digital technologies and cinema offer people and communities new opportunities to tell their stories, develop their skills and open doors to careers in a growing industry. screenargyll.co.uk /
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To throw! Out on the sea with Scottish lifeboats is supported by:Scottish coasts and waters will be featured throughout 2020 and 2021 and celebrated with a program of activities designed to support the country’s tourism and event sectors. The year, led by VisitScotland, will support and build on the momentum of Scotland’s previous thematic years to highlight, celebrate and promote opportunities to discover and enjoy Scotland’s unparalleled coasts and waters. , by encouraging the responsible engagement and participation of the Scottish people and our visitors. A year-long program of events, activities and ideas will highlight the impact our waters have had on Scotland, from the formation of beautiful natural elements to the creation of our national drink – whiskey . Following industry consultation, thematic years will now take place every two years to allow more time for planning and collaboration. 2022 will celebrate the year of stories in Scotland. Join the conversation using
Screen Scotland is the partnership dedicated to the screen in Scotland. With funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery, Screen Scotland stimulates the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through improved funding, services and support. Screen Scotland is part of Creative Scotland and is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working closely with the sector to ensure its success.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a round-the-clock search and rescue service around the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent from the Coast Guard and the government and depends on voluntary donations and bequests to maintain its rescue service. Since the founding of the RNLI in 1824, its crews and rescuers have saved more than 142,700 lives.
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