Vanishing Sail has been making waves all over the world at film festivals and special event screenings and now West Indies Boatbuilding Culture comes to St Leonards.
This week Kino-Teatr in Norman Road will resonate with the sound of caulking mallets on a wooden hull taking shape on a beach in Carriacou, the Land of Reefs.
The film will be screened on Thursday October 12 at 7.30pm and is an award-winning documentary made by marine photographer Alexis Andrews.
On the island of Carriacou in the West Indies, the last wooden sailboat builder dreams of saving a great tradition passed down the generations from Scottish settlers that sailed there centuries ago. The film follows Alwyn Enoe’s journey over three years, from hauling trees with his sons, to a final traditional launching ceremony.
Stories of the old Caribbean - trading by sail and smuggling contraband - interweave a tribute to the independent spirit of a small island community.
This was described by Wooden Boat as: “A fascinating story of personal perseverance, ribald tales of smuggling at sea and the completion of the beautiful wooden sloop in a race against time to enter the thrilling Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta” while Indiewire commented: “An insightful and poignant documentary that is part social history and part Herzogian portrait of resilience and determination in a far-flung locale.” Vanishing Sail is currently available for screening at events, film festivals, boatbuilding academies, maritime heritage institutions, yacht clubs, fundraisers, coastal & Caribbean communities.