James Robert Sinclair was born in 1930 in the ben (the ‘good’) end of the croft house at Clavel on the South Mainland of Shetland. He has lived there all his life. As he grew older the crofthouse fell
into disrepair. Following a stay in hospital, James Robert reluctantly moved to sheltered housing in the nearby village of Bigton, but James Robert needs to be at Clavel to be happy.

Following him through the ‘sheep’ year this film is a study of a man, his way of life and those who help him live it. The music was written and performed by Shetland musicians Alice Mullay and Jonathan Ritch. The song Dagalien was sung by men from Bigton who have known James Robert all their lives.

Following Clavel Shona Main will introduce screenings of A Crofter’s Life in Shetland and Jenny’s Arctic Diary by Scottish film-maker Jenny Gilbertson – on whom Shona is currently researching a book.

Showing with A Crofter's Life In Shetland and Jenny's Artic Diary.

To book tickets visit the Eden Court website, or call the Box Office on 01463 234 234.

  • Rating:8+ IFF
  • Country:UK
  • Year:2015
  • Duration:30 minutes
  • Language:In the Shetland dialect with English subtitles
  • Director:Shona Main
  • Website:clavelthefilm.wordpress.com