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A sneak preview compilation from the FAODAIL | FOUND archive film will be screened at the Grimsay Boatfest on Saturday (June 1).

UistFilm will present the teaser reel using their new mobile cinema between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm in the Ceann na h-Àirigh & Grimsay Boat Museum.

UistFilm, part of the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre in Lochmaddy, is fundraising to digitise a treasure trove of 8 mm film that captures life in the Uists back in the day.

In total, 12,000 feet, or nine hours, of film need to be digitised to ensure the recently unearthed footage is preserved for future generations.

A crowdfunding appeal to preserve the rare footage is now underway in a bid to raise £10,000 to transfer the precious footage into digital format.

So far, 73 donations have raised £3,640.

Among the highlights being digitised are:

* Cathleen Russell’s (née MacAskill) childhood and family scenes in North Uist could potentially include additional footage of Gloria and Splash’s wedding reception at Newton House, which her family ran.

* Jimmy Munro’s footage is primarily unique footage of St Kilda in the late 1960s while working on MOD base construction and also life in and around Lochmaddy, including Hercules the Bear.

*  Additional reels of Annie Cnoc na Luib’s home movie footage of North Uist from the 1970s to add to the outstanding collection digitised in 2018.

* Gaelic tradition bearer and folklorist Margaret Bennett’s father’s home movie footage from Canada and Scotland.

* Mackenzie family Uist holidays at Ardheisker, 1966-68, featuring the MacLeod family, crofting, thatching, trout fishing, daffodil growing and various other scenes of Uist and Barra.

The FAODAIL | FOUND digitisation programme was launched in December 2018, when crowdfunding enabled UistFilm to digitise the Annie (Chnoc na Luib) Macdonald’s Super8 collection, which revealed fantastic gems of Outer Hebridean moving image history.

In 2021, the Anne and Bill Scott collection of Berneray footage from the 1960s and 1970s was digitised, inspiring the award-winning feature documentary Dùthchas, produced by UistFilm.

Watch the promo video.