We have both produced acclaimed documentary films of our own and also contributed to documentaries made by others - including some of Scotland’s most celebrated film-makers. This has given us rich experience of turning large volumes of footage into compelling - and often hard-hitting - human stories with strong cultural substance. These stories have also taken us far and wide, so that we now also have considerable experience of working abroad and in remote and dangerous locations.
Here is a selection of documentaries that we’ve recently produced or been involved in.
In 2015 we produced our most recent documentary film, Feachdan Ionatan (Jonathan’s Army). In it we follow the fortunes of The Gambia Partnership, a small charity based on the Isle of Lewis, as they take a group of Scottish youngsters to Africa in order to try and build a new school in the beautiful little Gambian village of Kabakel. With only a week to try and get the job done in fierce heat, the odds are firmly stacked against them. Feachdan Ionatan is a Corran Media production for BBC ALBA.
In 2014 we teamed up with Plainview Films to help them make My Brother The Ark Hunter, a searing story of personal loss. Derek Mackenzie from Stornoway is a former wild child, now a born again Christian, who takes the daunting journey to eastern Turkey to try and find out what has become of his brother, Donald. Donald is an adventurer apparently lost on Mount Ararat whilst hunting for the remains of Noah’s ark and Derek must try and cut through cultural barriers and endless rumour to try and discover what’s become of him. Corran provided editing services for both the theatrical and television versions of the film, along with grading, finishing and deliverables.
In 2013 We provided editing, grading and finishing services for Pelicula Film’s documentary film Doli. Made by celebrated Scottish director Mike Alexander, the film tells the life story of the acclaimed gaelic singer, actress and political activist Dolina Maclennan.
In 2012 we produced Taigh Ali (Ali’s House), with Iain S Macpherson. Taigh Ali investigates the mysterious roots of Ali Mohammed, an Indian who settled in the Western Isles of Scotland following WWII. His children grew up knowing almost nothing of his roots, and in the film his younger daughter takes a journey of discovery to the land of her father’s birth, which no other family member has previously seen. The journey takes us into the heart of the Punjab, to a tiny village where an amazing discovery awaits. Taigh Ali is a Corran Media Production for BBC ALBA.
Based on an idea by journalist John Macleod, in 2011 we made Donny B: The Original King Of Daytime, a look back at the life and career of pioneering broadcaster, Donny B Macleod. One of the original hosts of Pebble Mill At One – Britain’s first daytime television show – Donny B Macleod became a broadcasting legend before his untimely death at the age of only 56. With contributions from Donny’s family and featuring Billy Connolly, Aly Bain, Marian Foster, Bob Langley, and the late Angus Macleod, Donny B: the Original King Of Daytime is a warm, substantial document about a brilliant and much loved man. Donny B: The Original King Of Daytime is a Corran Media production for BBC ALBA.
In 2011 We providing editing grading and finishing services for Pelicula Films’ Fishing For Poetry, remembering Scottish poet Norman MacCaig. Based around a fun filled fishing trip in the wilds of Sutherland by old showbiz friends Billy Connelly and Aly Bain, it delved deeply into MacCaig’s work in the place that inspired him.
In 2010 we produced Freumhan (Roots) for BBC ALBA. Freumhan looks at the life of the brilliant theologian and polemicist, Dr Donald Macleod. Tracing his life from his youth on Lewis, though his early career in Lochaber and Glasgow, to his later years as Principal of the Free Church college, Dr Macleod considers with journalist Angus Macdonald how and why the spiritual, political and material landscape of Scotland has changed in his lifetime. Freumhan is a Corran Media production for BBC ALBA.
In 2010 we provided editing grading and finishing services on Bothan Air A Phrarie (The Prairie Bothy), a deeply personal and moving piece about emigration and it’s consequences. Featuring broadcaster Iain S Macpherson, and directed by Mark Littlewood, the film looks at the harsh realities suffered by those who emigrated from Scotland to the untamed expanses of Canada in the ninteenth century.