A new digital artwork will celebrate the waters surrounding the west of Scotland and the voyages over them made by thousands of locals, workers and visitors each year.

Filmed on a Cal Mac ferry in the west of Scotland, Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale features the stirring, authentic music of Scottish folk singer Josie Duncan.

Produced by filmmaker Seth Hardwick, the film was inspired by the National Theatre of Scotland’s Ferry Tales project in 2020, the performance of which was sadly not able to go ahead due to Covid-19.

Having found what she was looking for, Mairi takes the last ferry home and a community folds its arms around her. Hopeful and uplifting, Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale ebbs and flows through a journey of loss, understanding and acceptance.

The film takes its inspiration from the unique and timeless world of ferries. It follows a return journey home to the islands, reflecting the warm, welcoming heart of Scotland’s coastal communities.

Josie Duncan’s song Carry Me Home, which features in the soundtrack, was commissioned by National Theatre of Scotland for the original on-board theatre production in 2020 and featured in a lockdown musical recording from BBC Alba last year.

Seth Hardwick is Video Producer for the National Theatre of Scotland having made over 600 trailers, promotional films, and behind the scenes videos. He was Director of Photography for the recent critically acclaimed film Distance Remaining (Helen Milne Productions).

Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale premieres online on October 20 and is free to view on the National Theatre of Scotland website - nationaltheatrescotland.com.