Director: Stuart Hackshaw
DoP: Alistair Little
Producer: Heeva Hamed
Cast: Stephan Chase
In the summer of 1930 the St Kildans had to evacuate their remote island home, severing an ancient tie and bringing to an end an incredible story of survival. Lost But Not Forgotten is a portrait of one such islander; a man out of time and place, desperately clinging to memories of a lost home to which he can never return.
Ever since I first saw a photo of St Kilda I became fascinated by the history of this island archipelago off the west coast of Scotland and the people who were forced to evacuate it many years ago. It’s a piece of UK history that is relatively unknown, and looking around the world today, seeing a lot of forced migration, with people having to leave their homes behind, I felt the undertones of this story would connect with audiences.
It was a truly independent production, we set out as a ridiculously small scale crew of literally just myself, my DP and the actor, filming amidst the rugged landscape of the Scottish Highlands. With the help of a number of people along the way, we managed to achieve what we set out to do, in bringing to life the internal struggle of this character in a raw and atmosphere film that laments a lost home and a life not lived.
I hope you enjoy it.