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Film: 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

Colour movie held by the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales shot by E. E. Pritchard, an amateur film-maker, showing life on the island of Bardsey or Ynys Enlli.

A tribute to Bardsey or Ynys Enlli (the island in the current) and its people, showing how their existence is dominated by the sea and the seasons. The men and women are shown going about their work - eg. butter churning, lobster potting, lobster pot mending, loading sheep and cattle into boats for the trip to the mainland market, hay-making, milking, feeding a lamb - and the camera catches the one or two children that are usually about, playing nearby or helping the adults and thereby learning about island life. The artist and writer Brenda Chamberlain (1912-71) is one of the residents who appears in this film which was shot by Edgar Ewart Pritchard, a native of Brownhills, Staffordshire, but a regular visitor to the island. Seven clips from the film are shown here.

First clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

First clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

The clip begins with a view of Aberdaron, followed by footage of men carrying bags and boxes of supplies across the beach to boats by the shore (including a box labelled 'Corn Flakes'). The supplies...  Read more and watch the film>

Second clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

Second clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

On a farm by the sea, a woman, her dog and a little boy are shown, together with a white horse which is blinkered, harnessed to and pulling a threshing wheel? The woman and child follow the horse...  Read more and watch the film>

Thrid clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

Thrid clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

This short clip shows a man in a small rowing boat putting on boots, turning the boat around and then rowing out to sea, perhaps to go fishing. The boat displays the number CO.104....  Read more and watch the film>

Fourth clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

Fourth clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

A fisherman at sea is reeling in lobster pots and transferring the live lobsters to a box before replacing the empty lobster pots in the sea. The fisherman brings his catch to shore, and then takes...  Read more and watch the film>

Fifth clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

Fifth clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

In this clip we see a man, woman and dog chasing a bull, before they eventually succeed in getting it on board a boat....  Read more and watch the film>

Sixth clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

Sixth clip from the film 'The Island in the Current' (1953)

In this clip we see sheep being herded together, ready for the trip by boat to the mainland. They have all had their legs tied together. ...  Read more and watch the film>

 
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