Kiss the Water

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This doc about a Scotswoman who made flies for salmon fishermen sounds like it should be tucked away on some special-interest cable TV channel. Yet filmmaker Eric Steel (who made the powerful suicide study ‘The Bridge’) turns unlikely subject matter into a captivating journey through a landscape of mystery and imagination. It’s mysterious, because no one, least of all the woman herself – Megan Boyd, who died in 2001 – knew why salmon were lured by her exquisitely crafted combinations of twine, hook and feather, treasured by highland ghillies, angling aristos and even a certain royal. Indeed, threaded around interviews and lovingly framed footage of the Brora environs in the Highlands where Boyd spent her entire life, Em Cooper’s lustrous handpainted animation hints at a rich inner life transcending her primitive surroundings in a tumbledown cottage. It ultimately conjures an imaginative communion with the world beneath the water. Definitely not your standard doc, this is something special. Haunting and meditative, its intriguing collage of images and ideas offers evocative encouragement to enter another life, another time, another place.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday January 10 2014
Duration: 79 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Eric Steel

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The Man on the Street

I love the ICA. It puts me in the right frame of mind, and that was certainly the case on Tuesday night. Kiss the Water is a documentary about a woman who made fishing flies. I don't care for fishing and know nothing of flies. I still don't care for fishing (I think its a little barbaric) but I now know a lot about flies and the beauty of the rivers in Scotland. The film is slightly spoilt for me by too many references to Princess Diana (although at least one is relevant) but overall its VERY satisfying - I totally enjoyed the evening and award it 4.7 stars

The Man on the Street

I love the ICA. It puts me in the right frame of mind, and that was certainly the case on Tuesday night. Kiss the Water is a documentary about a woman who made fishing flies. I don't care for fishing and know nothing of flies. I still don't care for fishing (I think its a little barbaric) but I now know a lot about flies and the beauty of the rivers in Scotland. The film is slightly spoilt for me by too many references to Princess Diana (although at least one is relevant) but overall its VERY satisfying - I totally enjoyed the evening and award it 4.7 stars