A ground breaking work that paves the way for extraordinary collaborative film-making, casting people in the retelling of their own stories. In The Happy Lands, the people of Fife capture the true drama the 1926 General Strike. A definitive moment in n …

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A ground breaking work that paves the way for extraordinary collaborative film-making,
casting people in the retelling of their own stories.

In The Happy Lands, the people of Fife capture the true drama the 1926 General Strike. A definitive moment in national history, the film tells the real personal stories of their forebears: the struggles, the hardship, and ultimately the triumph of the indomitable human spirit.

In a unique process honed over decades of creating epic artworks with real people, director Robert Rae embedded the entire movie making infrastructure in the heart of the sweeping landscapes of Fife, harnessing the experiences, family histories and memories of those involved.

From the stars of the film to the researchers, camera operators and costume designers, over 1,000 Fife residents, from two weeks old to 93 years old, were responsible for the creation The Happy Lands.

The result is an outstanding model of uncompromising artistic quality married with exemplary community practice, offering the industry a genuine alternative methodology for film-making.

I have changed as a person… It has totally made me regain my faith in humanity.” – Kevin Clarke (played Michael Brogan)


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