Portree Film Night and RNLI fundraiser: AFLOAT + Plockton Population 254

27 August 2022, 18:30

Portree Community Centre, Camanachd Square, Portree, IV51 9BW

Free but ticketed

Still from AFLOAT, Neville Gabie, 2013.

Join us for a film night, screening AFLOAT (2013) by Neville Gabie and Plockton Population 254 (2020) by Malcolm Mackenzie as part of the From Plockton to Portree summer programme. These two films, different in their approach and style, explore how coastal communities exist and are sustained through collective work.

A simple dinner will follow the screenings.

18:30 – Doors open and refreshments

19:00 – Film screenings

20:00 – Dinner

More details about the films below.

This event is in partnership with RNLI Portree as part of the fundraising open day. The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. Suggested £10 donation welcome at the door.


27 minutes

AFLOAT, recorded by artist Neville Gabie, is a film recorded over 18 months in the remote West Highland community of Coigach. The film follows the construction of a St Ayles Skiff and a season of rowing under the banner of Scottish Coastal Rowing. Commissioned by Susan Christie (IOTA), the film was made possible with the enthusiastic support of the Coigach Community Rowers and the wider community of Achiltibuie.

"Whilst the boat is central, filming its construction was perhaps an indulgence for thinking about something much more personal. I am fascinated by this tiny community, not all indigenous, or even Scottish, living on the margins between land and sea. I saw a bond there that I envied and was terrified of in equal measure. I encountered my own ghosts and rootlessness starkly reflected in this odd mix of people drawn together in the embrace of a very unique landscape" – Neville Gabie

Plockton Population 254

Plockton Population 254 was filmed by Malcolm Mackenzie and residents of Plockton in July 2020. The film was commissioned by BBC Arts, Screen Scotland and LUX Scotland as part of Now & Next.

"Filmed in July 2020, during the first Covid lockdown, it follows the arc of a day from morning to evening. The process of filming was collaborative, with folk in the village recording footage during their day, which we edited together. It's called Plockton Population 254 as a marker of where we were at then, and to think about where we will be in the future.

In the film, you don't meet anyone in depth, it moves quickly from person to person, you're just passing by. It's a meditation and reflection on landscape and our necessary place within it."

A note on access

Portree Community Centre has accessible public toilets on ground level in Camanachd Square.

If we can make it easier for you to attend please get in touch with admin@atlasarts.org.uk