St Helena An End To Isolation
‘Saint-Helena’, one of the most remote islands in the world, is about to lose it’s isolation due to the arrival of an international airport. Investors and the Government want to change the island into a tourist attraction; a contemporary ‘eco’ paradise far away from the busy life of cities. Over the course of three years this 1 x 80’/60′ film follows six islanders, who call themselves Saints, as they’re trying to make sense of the changes that are coming their way. A 23′ version of the film, broadcast on BBC Our World, is available to watch here.
The island, Great Britain’s second oldest remaining colony, was once an important trade post in the discovery of the modern world. Today Saint-Helena lays lost and forgotten in the vast Atlantic ocean. Distanced from the mainland by five sailing days and only reachable by Royal Mail Ship, that calls at the island 25 times a year. The extreme isolation has preserved the island’s charm and character. There are no credit cards, parking metres or even cellphones.
St Helena An End To Isolation is a film about a small place becoming part of a bigger world; a coming of age story about a small community growing up in a globalised world. A tale about our endless desire for an island and the understanding that such a place might perhaps only exist for the ones who see them from the sea. The film is a Storyhouse and Mosaic Films co-production.
Director: Dieter Deswarte
Producers: Andy Glynne and Maarten Schmidt
Watch the trailer here.
Read BBC article inspired by the film Awaiting St Helena’s New Airport.