“A Cry for Kirkton” heritage film created by pupils.

We are delighted to introduce the film “A Cry for Kirkton”, produced by the pupils of  Lochcarron Primary School, in partnership with Lochcarron Community Development Company .

Based in 1872, the film is a fictional re-enactment of a family being cleared of their home.  “A Cry for Kirkton” showcases the talents of the pupils of Lochcarron Primary School.  From script writing, musicianship, camerawork, acting, editing, to costume design – every pupil has contributed to the making of this film. The process called upon pupils reflecting on their own talents through applying for a role and working as a team to produce a film they can be exceptionally proud of.

The film has resulted from a series of ‘heritage workshops’ that local animateur Lynda Beveridge has been delivering with the school. This has involved the children making a number of visits to the ruinous settlement at Kirkton, examining and surveying the buildings there as well as researching and learning about the lifestyles and livelihoods of its inhabitants – informing their understanding of local heritage and concepts such as Shelter, Community and Sustainability.

The remains of the half-dozen or so buildings of Kirkton have been hidden from view for the last fifty years by the conifer plantation. Purchase of Kirkton Woods from the Forestry Commission by the Lochcarron community group in 2015 – and consequent tree harvesting operations – have once again brought the village to light. With EU funding from LEADER, a new footpath network is being developed to improve access and the primary school will be involved in developing new signs and artwork to be deployed there, explaining the history and local significance of the site.

The support and contribution from the local community for this project has been overwhelming.  This film demonstrates the strong partnership forged between Lochcarron Primary School, & the Lochcarron Community Development Company.

The film will be available to buy as a DVD, please contact us at infosmithyhub@gmail.com to pre-order one, price will vary depending on number of orders, likely to be less than £5.

If you missed the viewing of “A Cry for Kirkton” on Sat 10th March then don’t worry there is another opportunity. We will be viewing again at the Howard Doris Centre on Tues 20th March at 1.45pm. Please feel free to come along and show your support.


Credits / Luchd Cuideachail

Director- Owen MacKenzie
scriptwriters – Rose MacLaren-Lee, Josie Beveridge
Camera operators – Finlay Miller, George Murphy
Editors- James Brown, Ian Carmicheal, Mia Carvill

Cast/ Cleasaichean

man working on boat – Arlo Beveridge
Dad working on boat- Joshua Whittingham
Man cutting peats- Cain Courtney
Boy helping stack peats- Timothy Nicholson
Children playing Hide and seek – Adam Cameron, Archie Cameron, Cade-Lee Courtney
children skipping, Izzy Furness, Lyra McPhail, Naimh Hill
Children playing marbles, Charlie Simmons, Noah MacBeath, Joe Murray
Child skimming stones- Kenneth seel
women cooking, Molly pearce
Women carding wool- Lexie MacKenzie
Women washing in barrel- Maura MacKenzie
Mum – Vivienne Goodman
Women gathering seaweed- Poppy MacKenzie
landlord, Brodie Miller
Landlords 2nd in command- James Brown
Child- girl – Izzy Furness
Child- by- Cain Courtney, charlie Simmons
Crew/ sgioba

Runners – Cameron Hill, Donald macPherson Raffell, Charlie MacLaren-Lee
props and scenery- Maura MacKenzie, Kaitlyn MacBeath
Costume Designers – Destinee McPhail, Alec Carmichael, Orla-Rose Macpherson Raffell

Music/ Ceol

singers- Mischa Fraser, Noah MacCartney, Elspeth MacLaren -Lee
Cello- Sasha Westerduin
Guitar- Cara Strath
Whistle and Pipes- Kiera Whittingham
Piano- Dolina Munro
Musical Arrangement- Dolina Munro
Song title- Duthaich Mhicaoidh
Music recording/ editing/ arrangement – Ray MacCarthney

Kirkton Woodland animateur – Lynda Beveridge

Lochcarron Primary school head teacher- Robert Gill

many thanks also to the following people, their assistance was fundamental to the making of the film

Location scout and amateur Historian- Paul Swan
Local historian and location assistant- Kenny ( Jeck ) MacKenzie
proprietors of the Ardaneaskan Museum – Christobell and Murdo MacKay
Owner of the boat- George Hendry
Drone footage- Peter MacKenzie
Transportation – DMK motors
Sound system and screen- Keith Pearce






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