Wed 28 Sep 2022

Join us in Mareel for some traditional soup and bannocks for a fascinating, funny, thought-provoking and ultimately moving, award winning drama-documentary, celebrating the lives of Shetland women, past and present.

Rosie Gibson’s fascinating documentary on life in Shetland was made for Channel 4 in 1985. When it was pointed out to artist Rosie Gibson that the frieze featuring Shetland work through the centuries that hung in the old Anderson High School featured no women at all, it sparked an idea for a film. The result is an extraordinary account of what women’s work in Shetland used to be, and what it might become. Made with an all female crew and winning the Television and Radio Industries Club of Scotland (TRICS) Award in 1987, the film tells the story of the knitters, their skilled and creative work and how they tried to make a living for themselves and their families. 

Please note this is an archive film, screening from the highest quality materials available. 

Running time: 55mins.