A gravestone at the top of a Shetland Island cliff, prompts the story of the Mansons and Grays. Andrew and Robbie disagree about whether or not to abandon the island for the mainland, due to the dried up fishin industry. A race to the top of the cliff ends in tragedy and th etwo families are torn apart only to be reunited by the birth of Robbie's child by Andrew's sister.
Michael Powell had made around 25 films before The Edge Of The World, but this was the first to integrate his artistry with an emotional commitment to the subject. Inspired by the evacuation of the remote Scottish island of St. Kilda, it's a remarkable blend of romance, melodrama and closely observed communal tradition.
There's a strong sense of how a rugged terrain shapes its inhabitants, as the younger generation prepares to leave for the mainland because the island's fishing industry has dried up due to the arrival of modern trawlers. Powell's sensitive understanding of all the characters' dilemmas is heartfelt.
Powell's sensitive understanding of all the characters' dilemmas is heartfelt.