Celtic Media Festival
2nd - 4th may 2018
Our documentary is the story of a 70-year-old fisherman named Malcolm Baker; the last traditional fisher of the Rame Peninsula, Cornwall.
Malcolm's way of life is under threat.
The fishing industry is focusing on quantity over quality, implemented through mechanised processes that leave no room for pulling posts and shooting nets by hand. The villages where he lives is changing into a holiday resort, occupied only in the summer, leaving both villages dark and without life in the winter.
To Malcolm's disappointment, no youngsters would like to take over his work, leaving many skills to be swept away on a future tide.
Despite these challenges Malcolm endures, until out of nowhere, an unlikely friendship with an Austrian youth worker nurtures hope, not just for the last fisherman of Rame, but for the next generation who are in need of a tailwind.
The sea is never still, it pounds on the shore restless as a young heart, hunting.
The sea speaks, and only stormy hearts know what it says.
It is the face of distant land, calling.
The sea is young, one storm cleans the past and loosens the age of it.
I hear it laughing, reckless, free.
They love the sea, men who ride on it.
And know they will die breathing the salt of it.
Hear me and come forward, I stand before you, the last of my kind, in need of a student to listen.
Last Fisherman has been screened at various festivals and cinemas across Europe and North America. Its great our small film from humble beginnings has found an audience. We have lots more screenings planned for the U.K and Europe over the next year.
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.