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LAUNCH! Life on the Sea with Scotland's Lifeboats will screen this week at Eden Court with crew members from the RNLI taking part in a Q&A

By Louise Glen

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An interactive film screening will feature a few very familiar faces.

The Kessock RNLI crew will be in attendance at Eden Court for the showing of Launch! On the Sea with Scotland’s Lifeboats.

The film, which is new release of archive and video celebrating RNLI communities across Scotland.

The film will screen twice at Eden Court in Inverness on Thursday16 and Sunday September 19 2021 with a panel of volunteer crew from RNLI Kessock taking part in a Q&A session after each screening.

It is hoped the event will help people gain an insight into the work of the charity volunteer lifesavers who are on call 365 days a year ready to save those in difficulty in the water.

After the film, members of local Kessock RNLI lifeboat station will take to the stage to answer questions from the public and there will be a stall manned by the charity fundraisers with souvenirs and memorabilia available to purchase.

Directed, researched and edited by film maker Shona Thomson in a co-production with Screen Argyll, the 44-minute film has been two years in the making with unprecedented access to the RNLI’s own archives.

1920s film footage of lifeboats sourced from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive is woven with 1960s colour promotional films and breath-taking digital video captured by RNLI crews’ 21st century helmet cameras whilst out on the wild sea.

Launch! features a brand new immersive 5.1 surround soundtrack – designed specifically to be experienced in the cinema – composed and recorded by John Ellis (who has played and recorded with Tom Jones, Lily Allen, James Yorkston, John Squire and The Cinematic Orchestra), Arun Ghosh (APPJA Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year), Jason Singh (sound artist and nature beatboxer known for regular appearances on Springwatch, Countryfile and BBC 6 Music), and Jenny Sturgeon (acclaimed singer-songwriter whose recent project The Living Mountain is a collection of songs and films inspired by Nan Shepherd).

For ticket information and to book contact Eden Court Theatre 01463 234234

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