Kiss the Water
PROD Eric Steel, Kate Swan
CAM Ole Birkeland
ED Sabine Krayenbühl
MUS Paul Cantelon
PROD CO Easy There Tiger, Inc.
This is a wee gem—one of those especially artful documentaries that throws a scintillating light on a life that would otherwise remain almost completely unknown—and does so with a touch of grace.
Megan Boyd lived alone in the same small stone cottage in which she grew up, with no electricity or running water, and no neighbours except the gulls and seals that share this remote corner of the Scottish coast. Yet she would receive correspondence from all over the world and was celebrated in the very highest circles (Prince Charles delivered her OBE in person), all on account of the exquisite fishing flies she fashioned with painstaking care from silk, hide, thread and plumage from peacock, toucan and teal.
Filmmaker Eric Steel was intrigued by a short obituary he read in the New York Times. Boyd certainly represented a challenging subject—there was no footage of her in the archives—but in the affectionate remembrances of the ghillies and fishermen who were her devoted clients Steel found an entry point to an even greater mystery: the perennial enigma of why the fish are drawn to a fly at all… Salmon don’t feed in fresh water.
Em Cooper’s hand-painted animated sequences suggest one explanation—the glint of something dazzling and beautiful—which might also begin to explain the contradictions in Megan herself, an androgynous recluse who loved to dance, and whose apprentices would spend month after month at her side, perfecting the art of knotting a lure.
Preceded By: Virtuoso Virtual
DIR Thomas Stellmach, Maja Oschmann / Germany, 2013, 8 min.
Exciting and poetic by turns, Thomas Stellmach and Maja Oschmann animation uses the music of Louis Spohr’s opera The Alchymist to fuel a colourful fantasia of sight and sound.