Peigi Wood - Na Bannan
Peigi Wood - Na Bannan on BBC ALBA
31 December 2015 at 22.00 &
4 January 2016 at 22.30
Directed by Tony Kearney of Solus Productions and produced for Sealladh TV by Morag Stewart.
A new 30-minute documentary, “Peigi Wood – Na Bannan”, reveals the life, family & island ties of the Skye-born actress who has become a TV star at the grand age of 86. Her portrayal of the astute and wise matriarch of Camus has earned her plaudits across the viewing generations and helped created the most popular character in BBC Alba’s Gaelic drama series, “Bannan”.
“Peigi Wood – Na Bannan” charts the places and the people, with all their associations & memories, that have shaped the life of this amazingly energetic and charismatic actress, as she revisits the communities and landmarks of Skye that have had special significance in her life.
Those places include Fiscaviag where her parents established a home having settled the area along with a number of other crofters from Harris and Lewis, and the small village of Eynort where Peggy and her late husband Frank established their first home and raised their family. Peggy also returns to the Sligachan Hotel where she had her first job at the age of 17, and recalls the hard work as well as the friendships and memories she holds dear to this day.
In June Sealladh and Bòrd na Gàidhlig launched the competition, Seanchas, to put a new sparkle on storytime for 9 - 11 year olds. Seanchas is a writing and film competition which gave two successful youths the opportunity to bring their story alive in a short film with their classmates. In order to win the competion, youths were invited to write a Gaelic story no longer than 500 words. Stories could be based on an event, folklore or be completely new.
We received 33 stories from 6 different schools. Our three judges; Margaret Mary Murray (Head of Gaelic Digital Service, BBC ALBA) , Sarah Jane Campbell (Producer, Young Films) agus Jamie Kieran (Director, Dè a-nis?) chose their five favourite stories, and from their shortlists, Kayleigh and Mòrag from Sealladh picked the two winners.
The winners were Erin from Staffin Primary School which her story ‘An t-ionmhas’, and Maighsi from Acharacle Primary School with ‘An Ciste Òir’. Sealladh worked along with media proffesionals: Debbie MacKay, Arthur Donald and Christopher MacDonald to run workshops with both schools in research, creating a script, acting, filming and editing. There were also workshops in camera, directing and furthermore, the pupils learnt every skill involved with making a drama production from pre-production to post-production.
The two films, 'An t-ionmhas' and 'An Ciste Òir' incorporated a mixture of narration to camera, drama and colourful pictures that the children created.