Geographies of Solitude

Captioned for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing viewers

Join us on Thursday 8 December for our last Film at Cample screening of 2022: Jacquelyn Mills’ beautifully evocative Geographies of Solitude — a portrait of the remote Sable Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

For this special event we were joined at our in-house screening by Moniaive-based singer/songwriter and herbalist, Sarah Jane Scouten, who shared some Canadian folk songs along with some of her own after the screening, and also made a festive herbal tea blend using Scots Pine needles, Rose hips and Hawthorn berries, with ingredients foraged around her home in the Dalwhat Glen. 

You can watch a recording of Sarah Jane’s performance here.
Or view Sarah Jane’s tea recipe here.

Geographies of Solitude is an immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island, guided by naturalist and environmentalist Zoe Lucas who has lived over 40 years on this remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Shot on 16mm and created using a scope of innovative eco-friendly filmmaking techniques, this feature-length experimental documentary is a playful and reverent collaboration with the natural world. Zoe leads us among wild horses, seals and bugs, through peaks, valleys, roots, sands, weathers, seasons and stars. The intangible is evoked with hidden sounds and vanishing light. Much like a field book, the film tracks its protagonist’s labor to collect, clean and document marine litter that persistently washes up on the island shores.

“I don’t know what the solution is to our environmental crisis, and I don’t necessarily consider myself a political filmmaker. But it breaks my heart that the world is in the state it’s in environmentally. If we can experience what is sacred in nature, and the wonder of the natural world, I believe we would have ‘less taste for destruction’, as Rachel Carson would say. That’s why I made this film. To work with our current reality. Can we honor places? Can that inspire us to treat them with reverence?” – Director, Jacquelyn Mills

Jacquelyn Mills is a filmmaker based in Montréal. Her works are immersive and sensorial, often exploring an intimate and healing connection to the natural world. Her award-winning documentary In the Waves (60′) premiered at Visions du Réel and was theatrically released at TIFF’s Cinematheque. Her most recent work Geographies of Solitude (103′) premiered at the Berlinale Forum winning three awards, and has since garnered over a dozen awards internationally including Grand Jury Prize at Jeonju International Film Festival as well as Best Canadian Feature Film and Best Emerging Director at Hot Docs. Jacquelyn is a Sundance Documentary Fund Alumni and has worked as editor, sound designer and cinematographer for the National Film Board of Canada as well as many other internationally acclaimed films.

Geographies of Solitude
Dir. Jacquelyn Mills
Canada, 2022, 103′, English
English & SDH subtitles
16mm scanned to HD

Watch at Cample:
Thurs 8 December, 7pm

Watch Online:
9 - 31 dEcember

Tickets on a sliding scale:
£5 / £3 / £2 / Free
Ticket guide available here

Festive Herbal tea blend

Click the image below to view Sarah Jane Scouten’s festive herbal tea recipe, made from Scots Pine needles, Hawthorn berries and Rose hips

Let us know what you think
If you attend this screening and/or conversation, please take a moment to complete this short audience survey to let us know about your experience

Enjoyed the films? 
If able to, please consider making a donation to support CAMPLE LINE

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI