One foot in Eden

The British Film Institute have released the 1978 film One Foot in Eden free to view on YouTube. The film is a portrait of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and of Orkney.

The poetry of George Mackay Brown, Robert Rendall and Edwin Muir features, as does the ferry to Moaness, the cliffs of Hoy and Rackwick.

Throughout the film, Davies’ often sparse, experimental music accompanies the majestic island landscapes, giving a sense of both their ancient beauty and their danger. 

Davies worked across many styles of music, and the film includes extracts from Ave Maris Stella, O Magnum Mysterium and the final scene of his opera The Martyrdom of Saint Magnus. We also hear George Mackay Brown reading his own verse, as well as quotations from the works of Edwin Muir, Robert Rendell and the ancient Orkneyinga Saga.

– from BFI website

You can find out more about Max and Hoy here.

And you can catch Max and George in the Tales o Hoy episode ‘Hidden Valley of Light’ here.

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