Seaweed (2022) by Julia Parks

A archive photo of two men at the bow of a ship, guiding a large bundle of seaweed being winched onboard. The photo itself is framed by glistening seaweed, as if it is emerging as a memory from the ocean.

Subtitles for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing viewers available

‘Seaweed’ (2022, 18mins) is a 16mm moving image artwork that explores the folklore, ecology, and history of seaweed in northern Scotland. Voiced by seaweed harvesters, workers in the alginate factories, environmental activists, archaeologists & seaweed farmers behind the miracle resource. The film includes archive footage, oral histories and contemporary documentary footage of people working with seaweed.

Julia Parks is an artist filmmaker exploring the different relationships between landscapes, plants, people and industry. She works with experimental documentary forms often using 16mm film, archival footage, poetry and song. 

In 2022 she took part in a 6-month residency with Alchemy Film & Arts in Hawick as part of their The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil programme. The four films she made premiered at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in April 2023 & screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival & Brazier International Film Festival in summer/autumn 2023. 

Julia grew up and lived for most of her life in West Cumbria. She is currently based between West Cumbria & Hawick in the Scottish Borders. 

Dir. Julia Parks
2022, UK, 18mins
English + SDH
Tickets FREE / donations welcome

Watch 'Seaweed' Online:
4 - 18 February

In partnership with Julia Parks, Seaweed is available to book and watch online from 4 – 18 February.

With thanks to Scotland’s Moving Image Archive.

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Also Available to watch online

“We never speak of it, but here we know the land can’t be trusted.” This film reinterprets a series of poems from the debut book of Cumbrian poet Kate Davis. It tells a personal narrative of contracting polio as a young girl, her subsequent disability and slow process of learning to walk again.

Available from Sat 24 February. Also includes a conversation between Julia Parks and Cumbrian poet Kate Davis (recorded at CAMPLE LINE, Sat 3 Feb 2024)

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