In 2014, 22 birds of prey including 16 red kites were found dead in one small area of the Black Isle in Scotland. One year on, their story has not been forgotten. Portrayed in a short film by wildlife film-maker Lisa Marley, Red Sky on the Black Isle uses a combination of interviews with locals, beautiful landscape shots, and bird close-ups to tell their tale.
I won’t go on to describe how amazing the film is (I’d much rather you watched it and saw for yourself!). But being the proud sister, I will showcase some of the media attention Lisa has received as a result of her film.
These include a mix of film reviews and news items praising her handiwork, along with articles showing a renewed outcry from conservation groups demanding to know why this case has never been solved. The film was also recently shown at an international scientific conference in Spain dedicated to red kite research and conservation. It seems pretty safe to say that this film has ruffled a few feathers and stirred up some discussion – exactly what a good documentary is supposed to do 🙂
Those of you lucky enough to be in Edinburgh this week have the opportunity to view her film on the big screen! The aptly (but coincidentally) named Raptor Filmz Short Scottish Film Festival aims to promote and encourage film making in and about Scotland. It will be screening Red Sky on the Black Isle on 5th February 2016. Check out the Raptor Filmz Facebook page for more information on location, schedule, and tickets.
For those of you who are unable to view attend, don’t worry – you can still find Lisa on Twitter and Vimeo to follow her work.
Watch This Space film magazine
Press and Journal newspaper
Evening Express newspaper
Red Kite II International Symposium 2015
Raptor Persecution Scotland website
Raptor Politics website