Free film screening for Gourdon residents of For Those in Peril

A still from the movie.
A still from the movie.

A free screening will take place next weekend in Gourdon of a film which was made there last year.

‘For those in Peril’ was filmed in the village over a period of several months in 2012 and some local people were cast as extras.

The film is about Aaron, a young misfit in a remote Scottish community who is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men, including his older brother. Spurred on by sea-going folklore and local superstition, the village blames him for this tragedy, making him an outcast amongst his own people. Steadfastly refusing to believe his brother is dead, and possessed by grief, madness and magic, Aaron sets out to recover him.

Speaking about the choice of location for filming, director Paul Wright said: “Given the strange set-up of the film, it was important to ground it in reality,” referring to the way the story utilises myths in order to give audiences a sense of Aaron’s delusional state of mind. “The descent of Aaron is such a big part of the film, so grounding it by setting it in the real world gave us the opportunity to make all the unreal stuff have more impact.”

When BAFTA award-winning short filmmaker Paul Wright first started developing a myth-infused feature about the sole survivor of a fishing trawler accident, he didn’t have to look far for inspiration. “I grew up in a fishing village in Fife on the East Coast of Scotland,” says the writer/director, referring to his hometown of Lower Largo. “Stories of the sea were always present but the interesting thing about having all these stories was that, as a youngster, it was difficult to tell what was real and what wasn’t. I was interested in making a film about someone who is old enough to know the difference, but who still becomes obsessed with one of these myths.”

What he came up with was FOR THOSE IN PERIL, the fable-like story of Aaron, a young misfit who becomes the focal point for the collective anguish of a small Scottish fishing community after he survives a tragic accident at sea that costs five other fishermen, including Aaron’s beloved older brother Michael, their lives.

“Losing someone close is something that everyone goes through at some stage,” says Wright, picking up on one of the main themes of FOR THOSE IN PERIL. “In my own life that happened when I lost my father. Although I knew what had happened, I don’t think I could get my head round it. It was a time where not accepting the finality of what had happened became a thing, and daydreaming about being reunited or seeing them again was part of that. It’s something that has obviously stuck with me for some time.”

The film will also be shown in the Belmont Picturehouse in Aberdeen from November 8 for one week.