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Shetland Wool Week 2014 / A film journey through the sheep year

Clavel will be screen four times during Shetland Wool Week - Photo: Shona Main

A 30 MINUTE film featuring well known south mainland man James Robert Sinclair will be screened during this year’s Shetland Wool Week which starts on Saturday.

Following him through his sheep year, Clavel is a portrait of a man and a way of life.

Born on a croft near Rerwick in 1930, Sinclair lived at Clavel until he moved to sheltered housing a few years ago.

He still works his croft and looks after his sheep with the help of his neighbours and friends.

The short film by local film maker Shona Main can be seen at the Shetland Museum and Archives at the following times:

  • Sunday 5 October 1pm
  • Tuesday 7 October 2pm
  • Thursday 9 October 11am
  • Saturday 11 October 2pm

Clavel was first shown in the Bigton community hall in June last year and has since been screened at many film festivals including Shetland’s own Screenplay.

Main said: “I grew up in Shetland and lived in Bigton and whilst I didn’t know James Robert, I always looked out for him when I was on the school bus or when our car drove past Clavel.

“I couldn’t have asked for a more patient and more gentle man than James Robert to make my first film about.”

The film is in the Shetland dialect with English subtitles, with an original soundtrack by Bigton musicians Alice Mullay and Jonathan Ritch.