This Oul Fermin Life

The Brief

Working together with the Ulster Scots Agency and NI Screen we were commissioned to create a series of short films that would shed a light on the often forgotten local language Ulster Scots. The aims of the project was to promote conservation and the use of Ulster-Scots as a living language and to promote an understanding of the history of the Ulster-Scots.

The Approach

With a love of poetry and spoken word we wanted to base these films around some of the most inspiring and creative artists in the country. Ulster-Scots Community’s have an important role to play in raising awareness of UlsterScots within the wider community and we focused on the work of Charlie Gillan. He is a poet and native speaker of the Ulster-Scots language. His work reflects his deep love and understanding for the countryside and the rural community in which he lives and we thought it would be interesting to create a visual representation of this in a dramatised film. In this poem Charlie reflects the harshness of a farming life in rural Ulster but at the same time expresses the joy of nature and the stewardship of the land. We decided to film in a location that emphasises these themes in a beautiful setting that showcases our culture and inspires us to think about the importance of
family in a modern world and helps us understand the simple things that we should appreciate and value.

"This Subculture production and the work of Tristan Crowe exceeded my expectations many times over. The quality of the filming, the scripting of the programme, the way it was structured and one of the things that I have to say and I find incredibly moving, was the dramatisation of the Charlie Gillan poem."

Richard Hanna, Ulster Scots Agency

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