A documentary film about a 70-year-old Cornish fisherman who the last of his generation.
Last Fisherman is the story of Malcolm Baker; the last traditional fisher of the Rame Peninsula, Cornwall.
Malcolm has never left the villages of Kingsand and Cawsand where he was born. He catches fish and lobsters off the Rame Peninsula, only pulling what he needs with little to no waste. He does this using the tools and techniques of generations of fishermen who came before, men who taught him his trade.
“Time and tide waits for no man.”
— Geoffrey Chaucer
It sounds like an idyllic life, but fishing is hard work and getting much harder. Malcolm's way of life is under threat. His industry is focused on quantity over quality mechanised processes that leave no room for pulling posts and shooting nets by hand.
His village, Cawsand is changing into a holiday resort, occupied only by the rich for a few weeks of the year. Leaving the community dark and without life in the winter.
Malcolm is struggling to accept and make sense of such changes and pace they are occurring. Yet what baffles him the most is the lack of youngsters interested in his trade; meaning the skills and knowledge pass down to him will be lost.
Despite all this, Malcolm is Cornish, and the Cornish endure. Then, out of nowhere, an unlikely friendship with an Austrian youth worker nurtures hope, not just for the last fisherman of Rame, but for the generation of young Europeans are in need of a fishing lesson.
Official selection HoF Film Festival, 2016, Germany.
Winner Coastal Culture Award, Ocean Film Festival, 2017, San Francisco, USA.
Official selection International Film Festival, 2017, Innsbruck, Austria.
Official selection Plymouth Film Festival, 2017, Plymouth, U.K.
Winner Kodiak Prize, Alaska International Film Awards, 2017, Alaska, USA.
Winner Best Feature Doc Toronto Beaches Film Festival, 2017, Toronto, Canada.
Featured on Country File television series, BBC1, 2017, UK.
Official selection, Cornwall Film Festival, 2017, UK.
Official selection, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 2018, Nevada City, USA.
Official selection, Thunder Bay International Film Festival, 2018, Michigan, USA.
Winner Best Feature Doc, Snowdance Independent Film Festival, 2018, Germany.
Celtic Media Festival, Offical Selection, 2018, UK.
Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Official Selection, 2018, France.
Official selection, The International Maritime Film Festival, 2018, Maine, USA.
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