The Islands and the Whales


Little Roxie Mon, Apr 24, 2017 8:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Mike Day
Year of Production:2016
Topic:Keep It Wild
Environmental Health
Food: What's on Your Plate?
In Faroese and Danish with English subtitles
Running Time:84 min.


The Faroe Islands are rugged and forbidding. It’s a harsh, remote landscape surrounded by hundreds of miles of rough seas. However, the world is closing in. The Faroese, hardy descendants of Norse settlers, have eked out a living on these islands for over 1300 years. However, climate change and mercury contamination pose threats to their environment and the safety of traditional foods upon which many still rely. Director Mike Day takes us up and over the vertiginous landscape of the Faroes in a spectacular use of aerial cinematography. Coupled with sensitive portraits of Island residents grappling with change, The Islands and the Whales deftly explores how even the remotest places on the planet are affected by global pollution. - Mark Valentine

- Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize, DOC NYC 2016
- Emerging International Filmmaker Award, HotDocs 2016

DISCUSSION WITH: Mike Day, filmmaker (via Skype)

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Mike DayMike Day is a cinematographer, director and producer from Scotland. Originally trained as a lawyer, Mike made the transition into film in 2009 when he headed off into the Scottish Outer Hebrides on a boat with a camera and met the Guga Hunters of Ness. The resulting documentary was commissioned by the BBC and screened internationally. Mike then went on to be one of EDN’s 12 for the Future, and one of 10 to watch in The Filmmaker Magazine. Supported by Sundance Institute, Mike made the feature documentary, The Islands and the Whales in the Faroe Islands. The film has gone on to win multiple awards and a BAFTA Scotland nomination, and is due for UK release in 2017.