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In Fading Light

Synopsis
The film centres on the upheaval caused in a traditional fishing community by the unexpected arrival of a young woman. A tale of epic proportions, life and death, emotional conflict, told with a documentary realism that denies melodrama.

Amber’s experience in the integration of actors with "real life", combined with twenty years of documenting working lives in the North East, lends the film a unique authenticity. The actors who play the fishing boat crew spent time before filming began, out at sea on working Shields boats in order to acclimatise themselves to the unique environment; They were able to observe and work alongside the fishermen and bring back their experiences to influence the script.

Tom Hadaway’s tragic/comic dialogue, the stunning visual quality (it took months to overcome the problems of filming at sea, something that has very rarely if ever been attempted in a drama of this scale), and the veracity of the performances combine, not just to tell a moving story, but to give the audience experience of a way of life.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
1990
Year of production
1989
Subjects
Drama; Sociology
Keywords
dramatised documentary films; fishing communities; North-eastern England

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm
Availability
Hire

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£15.00 (+p&p)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
103 minutes
Year
2003

Distributor

Name

Amber Films

Web
http://www.amber-online.com External site opens in new window
Phone
0191 232 2000
Fax
0191 232 3217
Address
5 Side
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 3JE

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