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A series of films about the way we live now.
Flight from Vatersay
The Hebrides - idyllic isles of wild beauty, majestic, remote, peaceful? That's not how Neil Gillies , 23 years old and unemployed, sees his island home of Vatersay. For him it's a place of isolation, boredom and drink. He can't wait to leave Vatersay, his widowed mother and his eight brothers and sisters, to try his luck in Glasgow.
His prospects aren't good. Jobs are scarce, accommodation hard to find. There are compensations - Vatersay has few girls;
Glasgow seems alive with them. Over the months, the demands of fending for himself begin to tell. When Neil leaves his hard-won job he escapes into the illusory comfort of alcohol. Should he have stayed on the island? Or can he come to terms with this uncompromising city of bed-sits, the dole and bars? Film editor PETER BARBER Producer DAVID PEARSON Editor EDWARD MIRZOEFF


Unknown: Neil Gillies
Editor: Peter Barber
Producer: David Pearson
Editor: Edward Mirzoeff

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