‘To throw!’ comes to Belmont Filmhouse



Launch !, a short film directed by Shona Thomson, which captures the stories of Scottish RNLI volunteer teams, will be screened at the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen on October 16-17.

After the screening, members of the Aberdeen RNLI Volunteer Team will be on hand for a question-and-answer session, answering questions about what it’s really like to volunteer for the Saving Charity. lives at sea.

Directed, researched and edited by Shona Thomson in co-production with Screen Argyll, the film has been in the works for two years with unprecedented access to the RNLI’s own archives. 1920s film footage of lifeboats from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive is woven from color promotional films from the 1960s and breathtaking digital videos captured by 21st century helmet cameras of the crews of the RNLI as they sailed in the wild seas.

To throw! is supported by EventScotland as part of the Scottish Year of Coasts and Waters, by The National Lottery and the Scottish Government through Screen Scotland, and Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Like modern volunteer lifeboat crews, Launch! Also features images of the women saving lives at sea in Scotland. These were taken using a glass plate photograph by Jack Lowe as part of the Rescue Station Project – Jack’s eight-year mission to photograph all RNLI rescue stations in the Kingdom -United.

Team members Chloe Urquhart and Mark Gray will participate in a dedicated question-and-answer session with director Shona at the Saturday screening, followed by Ciaran McRae and Andy Haines on Sunday.

Film director and award-winning A Kind of Seeing curator Shona Thomson said, “However long it took to make it, Launch! has always been a film about celebrating and sharing the crucial work of RNLI volunteers across the country – it uses the past to talk about the future.

“By bringing it to audiences at their local theaters, this tour reaches the hearts of communities and offers everyone a safe and special immersive experience on the big screen. It is truly inspiring to see this exciting creative collaboration between the Belmont Filmhouse and members of the RNLI Aberdeen team attending both screenings. I am so proud that they will be bringing compelling stories of lifeboats from the seas off the coasts of Aberdeen and East Scotland, presented alongside Launch! I can’t wait to see everyone there.

An Aberdeen RNLI spokesperson said: “We are absolutely delighted to co-host this screening of Launch! at the Belmont cinema. The film truly captures the RNLI, its history and its volunteers in Scotland so wonderfully. To throw! Has been touring Scottish cinemas since June and we are delighted to bring it to Aberdeen and to have some of our own volunteers on hand to answer questions after the screening. This is definitely not one to be missed! ”

Tickets for the film can be purchased through the Belmont Filmhouse website here:

RNLI key figures

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a round-the-clock search and rescue service around the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent from the Coast Guard and the government and depends on voluntary donations and bequests to maintain its rescue service. Since the founding of the RNLI in 1824, its crews and rescuers have saved more than 142,700 lives.

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