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.