Stromness Academy Screening


Press release from Stromness Academy 11 FEB 2013

‘The Imaginary Worlds of Scapa Flow’ were opened up to Fourth year History pupils at Stromness Academy recently, when they were treated to a showing of local filmmaker Mark Jenkins’ production. ”

Mark’s film, ‘The Imaginary Worlds of Scapa Flow’, which premiered last year in Orkney, is a 35 minute creative docu-drama inspired by memoirs of service men and women based in wartime Orkney,” explained Jenny Devlin, Principal Teacher of History at Stromness Academy.

Thirty three local people filled roles as crew, actors and voice over artistes.

Filming took place in many locations around the coastline of Scapa Flow, and at the Cromarty Hall, which was used as a studio for interior filming – with the soundtrack for the film being composed and played by former Stromness Academy pupil, James Watson.

The fourth year classes studied the Second World War last summer as part of their History coursework, and this included aspects of Orkney’s role during the war.

The classes undertook projects on wartime technology and the home front.  Local history links were made with a tour of the Ness Battery last June, as well as a visit from Tom Muir, who entertained the classes with stories and memoirs of wartime Orkney, and the role of Scapa Flow during the war.

The showing of ‘The Imaginary Worlds of Scapa Flow’ gave History pupils a chance to see a unique interpretation of the kinds of memoirs they had already experienced and used in their research.

Ms Devlin concluded: “It was particularly moving to hear the soundtrack, composed and played by James Watson.

“We are very grateful to Mark Jenkins for agreeing to present the film in school – it was very much appreciated and enjoyed by all.”


And I very much appreciated the gift I received through the post, a Thames and Hudson photofile book of Daido Moriyama. Very touching. Thank you.


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White Coffee

The film project has been included in: White Coffee

white coffee

White Coffee Magazine is an online film publication. We look at the visual in cinema, and the ways in which fashion, photography and design shape and mould it. For us, the movies is sipping coffee in lonely theatres with velvet curtains, and sneaking out back for a cigarette.

Editor Christopher Smail

Web Designer Dan Nunan

Graphic Designer Jamie Smail

Contributors  Kyle Barrett  Harriet Warman Steven Fraser Scott Clunie Elizabeth Atkin Lizzie Taylor

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‘In Conversation’ @ West Side Cinema


Back in November ‘The Imaginary Worlds of Scapa Flow’ screened at West Side Cinema as a double bill with Colin Kirkpatrick’s ‘The Cowboy and the Spaceman‘. Over 100 people turned up and myself and Colin gave a Q + A afterwards. Here’s an edited version.

In Conversation from Mark Jenkins on Vimeo.

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Shetland Screenplay Review

Nice article by Amy Liptrop on the recent Shetland Screenplay Festival, including a review of my film, ‘The Imaginary Worlds of Scapa Flow‘.

See it here

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Premiere and Shetland

The Premiere at the Cromarty Hall was a fantastic night and I’d like to thank everyone for coming and showing their support. We had about 120 people in, packed to the rafters, and it really was a special atmosphere.

We sat at candlelit tables with NAAFI tablecloths and vinyl record placemats with the Crown and Anchor logos. We drank Scapa Special from jam jars and Duncan McLean was in character as Islandman to introduce the film.

James Watson brought another level to the night. His set was fantastic, and we’d rehearsed the presentation so that his last song segued seamlessly into the film.

It was great to bring the film to the Cromarty Hall, a place of true authenticity, a wartime cinema and theatre venue and one of my first interactions with film here in Orkney when I helped set up the film club there. It was also good to see so many impressed first time visitors to the venue, I’m sure they’ll be back.

The film went on to show at the new Mareel as part of the Shetland Screenplay Festival. A good turn out there too – around 50 – and the Mareel is certainly quite impressive. Be interesting to see what the film and education programming will be like in the future and what links we can make here in Orkney.

The film also screened at the Pier Arts Centre for 2 weeks and a total of 250 people watched the film.

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The Cromarty Hall premiere on Sat 1st September is now FULLY BOOKED.

But the film will be showing again on the small screen at The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, from Tues 4th – Sat 15th September (closed Sun/Mon) on the hour from 11 am – 4 pm.

If you’re in Shetland for the Screenplay festival there’s another chance to see it on the big screen in Mareel Cinema 1 at 1:30 pm Saturday 8th September. I’ll be there too.

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Screenplay 2012

The Imaginary Worlds of Scapa Flow is screening at Shetland Screenplay 2012 on Saturday 8th September @ 13:30.

Delighted to have been invited to attend and will be giving an intro to the film. It’s playing in the 160 seater cinema of the new Mareel centre.

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