ATLAS Arts is delighted to present award winning and internationally acclaimed filmmaker John Akomfrah’s short film The Call of Mist in the unique and poignant location of Dunvegan Castle. The Call of Mist is a beautiful enchanting work using sepia and blue toned film, documenting the stunning Skye landscape in which Loch Dunvegan features. The screening of this film is a prelude to screening Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea in Skye in early 2018.
The Call of Mist was originally made in 1998 in memory of the artist’s mother, with the version ATLAS have installed, the 2012 Redux edition. Shot across many locations in the Isle of Skye, The Call of Mist is a vivid reflection on loss, memory and media and was originally commissioned and broadcast by BBC TV in the late 90’s. The re-edited 2012 Redux version of the short-film incorporates additional images that were removed from the television version, recovering Akomfrah’s original conception.
Having visited the Isle of Skye since childhood when his mother would bring him here on holiday, Akomfrah has made many trips to the Island since and its dramatic landscape has become an important feature of his films over the years. These works have included ‘Genome Chronicles’ and more recently his critically acclaimed ‘Vertigo Sea’ a highlight at the Venice Biennale in 2015 which has gone on to tour the UK and internationally.