Surprisingly, Pamela Anderson pops up in this doc about life on the Faroe Islands (an autonomous territory of Denmark, somewhere between Scotland and Iceland, since you ask). The ex-‘Baywatch’ star is there, much to the bemusement of the locals, as part of a pressure group determined to stop the hunting of pilot whales – a way of life already under threat because of a growing awareness of mercury harmful to humans who eat their meat.
Director-producer-cinematographer Mike Day moves between various island folk, from a puffin expert to a young bird-hunter, regularly pulling back to share the islands’ magnificent, mist-shrouded beauty. Debates about tradition and modernity simmer gently through his film. But be warned: if you’re squeamish about whale blood or beheaded puffins, you might want to close your eyes occasionally and enjoy a voiceover musing on various aspects of Faroe Islands folklore.