The Rhythm of Uist

The Rhythm of Uist is a lyrical meditation that takes the audience to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, immersing them in the sphere of life for three young adults who have grown up in these unique and cultural islands.

Filmed in an observational style, it offers a glimpse into the local everyday life on the islands and explores the relationship between young people and their connection to their culture and traditions which have been passed down through generations. As the film reflects on tradition and modernity, it also asks questions about island life, island communities and the Anthropocence.

By taking the audience closer to the stories and everyday activities experienced by each protagonist it aims provide a new way of understanding island life, particularly how young people experience island life and reimagine their connection to the islands.

The Rhythm of Uist hopes to challenge the perception of island communities, the culture and traditions that are ever present and changing, with a focus on how younger generations feel having grown up in such a distinctive place. How has this helped form their connection with these islands and shaped who they are today and how they choose to continue to live their lives everyday?

  • Ebbie Love
  • Ebbie Love
  • Ebbie Love
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Anthropology, ethnographic, visual anthropology, anthropology of islands, island life, Anthropocene, Island communities, Human/ landscape interactions, Student
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester
Director Biography - Ebbie Love

Ebbie Love is a 25-year-old visual anthropologist with an interest in documentary filmmaking, photography and mixed mediums. Having graduated with an anthropology degree from Aberdeen University in 2018 and an MA from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester, in 2021, her interests lie in directing authentic human stories with impactful narratives.

Her work focuses on examining how traditional ways of life are adjusting to the intrusion of modernity, the concept of change and documenting the bridge between cultural past and future. In particular how people keep traditional cultural norms alive in a changing environment. Passionate about the evocative possibilities that ethnographic film-making offers Ebbie is inspired to bring new energy to global anthropological issues.

She aims to bring light to fresh and underrepresented perspectives and utilise films potential as a strong impact medium.

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Director Statement

Coming from a background in anthropology, 'The Rhythm of Uist', is my first experience of presenting my research in a visual format and using filmmaking as a main research method. The project was fully self-shooting and stems from spending eight weeks, over the months of July and August 2021, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, on the Isles of Uist.

The Rhythm of Uist was submitted as part of my Master's thesis at the Granada Center for Visual Anthropology in Manchester, UK.