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14 March 2017

INNOVATIVE GAELIC THEATRE AND FILM PROJECT DEBUTS AT GLASGOW SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

The première of a new Gaelic short film, Briseadh na Cloiche (The Breaking of the Stone), will take place at this month’s Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Filmed at Webster’s Theatre in Glasgow, where the play was performed as part of last year’s West End Festival, the production features Iain Macrae and Mairi Morrison, with music by Alex Neilson. It will be shown, with English subtitles, at the CCA Cinema in Glasgow on 17 March.

The Breaking of the Stone (Briseadh na Cloiche) is widely regarded as one of writer John Murray’s finest short stories and holds a central position in contemporary Gaelic literature. Adapted for stage and screen by actor Iain Macrae and directed and filmed by Duncan MacDonald, the production follows the progression of a post-war romance to its harrowing conclusion.

The dynamic blend of drama, dance and mime is heightened by a thrilling interactive percussion performance by Neilson.

The theatre and film project was commissioned by Gaelic arts organisation Ceòl’s Craic and funded by MG ALBA and Creative Scotland.

Project director Ishbel Murray said: “John Murray’s story is widely recognized as a seminal piece of contemporary Gaelic literature and we knew we could present the stage play successfully, but we also felt it had tremendous potential as a piece of filmed theatre.

“So, our aim here was to produce an original Gaelic film for a dedicated arts audience and to begin to address the absence of art house films featuring Gaelic language. The support of MG ALBA and Creative Scotland made this possible.”

Drama is viewed as a key element in the resurgence of Gaelic and is strongly supported by those who see it as an art form that puts the language at its forefront. Briseadh na Cloiche brings the best of Gaelic literature, drama and cinema together in one small but effective package.

Creative Scotland & Bòrd na Gàidhlig Gaelic Arts & Culture Officer, Brian Ó hEadhra added: “It is excellent to see this contemporary Gaelic work progress from the West End Festival to this year’s Glasgow Short Film Festival and ultimately to BBC ALBA in the future. This powerful work demonstrates that Gaelic drama is growing and reaching out to audiences via stage and screen. This is one of a number of Gaelic drama initiatives currently coming through and we look forward to seeing more quality productions over the coming years.”

BBC ALBA Channel Editor Margaret Cameron said: “Briseadh na Cloiche adds to the diversity of Gaelic drama available and I’m delighted it will have a small screen life on BBC ALBA in the future. I wish the film every success at the Glasgow Short Film Festival and welcome its inclusion in the GSFF programme.”

Briseadh na Cloiche (20 mins) will be screened, with English subtitles, on 17 March at 9pm in the CCA Cinema, Glasgow. It will be preceded by Away with the Land (13 mins), a lyrical documentary by Joya Berrow on the life of Harris crofter Donald John Macinnes, and followed by a Q&A session with Iain Macrae, Mairi Morrison and Duncan MacDonald, hosted by Gaelic broadcaster Derek MacKay. Guests are invited for a complementary drink at 8pm.

Briseadh na Cloiche will be broadcast on BBC ALBA later in the year.

14 Màrt 2017

BRISEADH NA CLOICHE

Bidh a’ chiad sealladh de fhilm ùr goirid ann an Gàidhlig, Briseadh na Cloiche (The Breaking of the Stone), a’ gabhail àite aig Fèis Fhilmichean Goirid Ghlaschu nas fhaide air adhart air a’ mhìos seo.

Air a chlàradh ann an Taigh-cluiche Webster ann an Glaschu, far an deach an dealbh-chluich a chur air àrd-ùrlar mar phàirt de Fhèis Taobh an Iar Ghlaschu an-uiridh, tha an riochdachadh seo a’ nochdadh Iain MacRath agus Màiri Mhoireasdan le ceòl bho Alex Neilson. Bidh e air a thaisbeanadh le fo-thiotalan ann am Beurla ann an Taigh-dhealbh an CCA ann an Glaschu air 17 Màrt.

Tha Briseadh na Cloiche air a mheas fad’ is farsaing mar aon de na sgeulachdan goirid as grinne aig an sgrìobhaiche Iain Moireach, agus stèidhichte aig teis-meadhan litreachais co-aimsireil Gàidhlig. Air atharrachadh airson àrd-ùrlar agus sgrion leis a’ chleasaiche Iain MacRath, agus air a stiùireadh ’s air fhilmeadh le Donnchadh Dòmhnallach, tha an riochdachadh a’ leantainn slighe adhartais suirghe a ghabh àite às dèidh a’ chogaidh gu crìch a bha air leth duilich.

Tha an coimeasgadh spionnmhor seo de dhràma, dannsa agus mìm a’ faotainn taic làidir bho cheòl faramach eadar-obrachail a bha fìor thogarrach bho Neilson.

Chaidh am pròiseact film is thèatar seo a choimiseanadh leis a’ bhuidheann ealain Ghàidhlig, Ceòl ’s Craic, agus a mhaoineachadh le MG ALBA agus Alba Chruthachail.

Thuirt stiùiriche a’ phròiseict, Iseabail Mhoireach: “Tha sgeulachd Iain Mhoireich aithnichte fada is farsaing mar phìos mòr-bhuadhach de litreachas co-aimsireil Gàidhlig agus bha fios againn gum b’ urrainn dhuinn a bhith soirbheachail leis an dealbh-chluich seo a chur an gnìomh air àrd-ùrlar, ach bha sinn a’ faireachdainn cuideachd gun robh comas mòr aige mar phìos de dhràma a ghabhadh fhilmeadh.

“Mar sin is e ar n-amas an seo, film thùsail Gàidhlig a thaisbeanadh do luchd-èisteachd dìleas ealain agus tòiseachadh a’ dèiligeadh le dìth fhilmichean taigh-dhealbh ann an Gàidhlig. Tha an taic bho MG ALBA agus Alba Chruthachail air sin a choileanadh dhuinn.”

Tha dràma air a mheas mar phrìomh eileamaid ann an aiseirigh na Gàidhlig agus a’ faotainn taic làidir bhuapasan a tha ga fhaicinn mar chruth ealain a tha a’ cur a’ chànain aig fhìor thoiseach. Tha Briseadh na Cloiche a’ tarraing nan eileamaidean as fheàrr ann an litreachas, dràma agus film Gàidhlig còmhla ann am pasgan a tha beag ach glè èifeachdach.

Thuirt Brian Ó hEadhra, Oifigear Ealain agus Cultur Alba Chruthachail agus Bòrd na Gàidhlig, "Tha e mìorbhaileach a bhith a’ faicinn na h-obrach cho-aimsireil Ghàidhlig seo ga leasachadh bho Fhèis Taobh Siar Ghlaschu 2016 gu Fèis Fhilmichean Goirid Ghlaschu na bliadhna seo agus mu deireadh gu BBC ALBA san àm ri teachd. Tha an obair chumhachdach seo a’ dearbhadh gu bheil dràma na Gàidhlig a’ fàs agus a’ lorg luchd-èisteachd ùra tro thaisbeanaidhean air àrd-ùrlair agus sgrion. ’S e seo aon de ghrunn phròiseactan dràma a tha a’ tighinn am bàrr an-dràsta agus tha sinn a’ gabhail fiughar ri tuilleadh den leithid fhaicinn sna bliadhnaichean ri thighinn."

Thuirt Mairead Chamshron, Deasaiche Seanail BBC ALBA: “Tha Briseadh na Cloiche a’ cur ri iomadach dràma a tha ri fhaotainn ann an Gàidhlig, agus tha mi air leth toilichte gum bi e ri fhaicinn air BBC ALBA san àm ri teachd. Tha mi a’ guidhe gach soirbheachas don fhilm aig Fèis Fhilmichean Goirid Ghlaschu, tha e a’ toirt toileachas mòr dhomh fhaicinn ann am prògram GSFF”.

Thèid Briseadh na Cloiche (20 mion) a sgrionadh le fo-thiotalan Beurla air 17 Màrt aig 9f ann an taigh-dhealbh an CCA ann an Glaschu. Air a sgrionadh roimhe, bidh Away with the Land (13 mion), aithriseach mhac-meanmhainneach le Joya Berrow mu bheatha a’ chroiteir, Dòmhnall Iain MacAonghais, às Na Hearadh. Bidh sin air a leantainn le seisean Ceist is Freagairt còmhla ri Iain MacRath, Màiri Mhoiresadan agus Donnchadh Dòmhnallach fo stiùir a’ chraoladair Ghàidhlig, Derek MacAoidh. Thathar a’ toirt cuireadh do dh’aoighean gu deoch no dhà aig 8f.

Bidh Briseadh na Cloiche air a chraoladh air BBC ALBA nas fhaide air adhart sa bhliadhna an dèidh dha na coileanaidhean eile dheth a bhith seachad.


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