In 2019, Canna archivist, Fiona Mackenzie, produced a new film, “Solas” (Gaelic for Light) based on the photographic life of folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw of Canna. The film uses the images and voice of Margaret herself to tell the story of her unusual life and it was premiered initially in South Uist, where Margaret lived for many years, among the people whose faces and voices she captured on film and wire.
Summer 2020 now sees the launch of the film on DVD to enable people across the world, to see the film for themselves and discover the fascinating lives of John Lorne Campbell and Margaret Fay Shaw in the Hebrides of Scotland between 1935 and the 1990’s. The DVD will be available online as well as on Canna itself and will follow on the heels of a new documentary being made about Canna House and the Campbells for BBC Alba.
“We are extremely fortunate with the wealth of resources we have in Canna House today , to use as inspiration for projects both creative and academic and also to bring new audiences to the wonderful collections within the National Trust for Scotland. With the advent of this years “Year of Coast and Water”, I decided to develop a programme of events which will provide something for everyone, all with a theme of ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Sea’ ,a programme which will give us a chance to explore exactly what it was that inspired John and Margaret Campbell to capture and display, the world around them in the Hebrides, over the course of their long lives.” – Fiona Mackenzie.