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The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World
  • 1937
  • UK
  • 81 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Powell
  • Written by: Michael Powell
  • Cast: John Laurie, Belle Chrystall, Eric Berry, Finlay Currie, Niall MacGinnis

Powell's first major feature was shot on the wild remote landscape of Foula in the Shetland Isles. Inspired by the evacuation of St Kilda, the narrative charts how the struggle to survive breaks down even the closest of friendships. Powell returned to the project in 1978 to add new footage for a BBC version, but the enterprise only proved that his original material and imagination had stood the test of time.

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