The Filmmakers 


Alastair Cole:  Director, Producer, Cinematographer 

Director Alastair Cole is an award-winning Edinburgh-based documentary filmmaker, originally from New Zealand. Iorram continues his filmmaking about the often subtle, intimate and increasingly political dynamics of language and society. His previous films include the feature documentary Colours of the Alphabet, and three short documentaries. Colours of the Alphabet was released at the 2016 Glasgow Film Festival, and went on to screen at 40+ international film festivals, was broadcast in 30 languages across 52 countries internationally, as well as winning multiple awards including a nomination for a Grierson Award 2016. His previous short films have been broadcast in 27 countries and screened at 50+ festivals around the world, including at Cannes Critics Week in 2011 and 2012. Alastair is also a lecturer in Film Practice at Newcastle University.


Adam Dawtrey: Producer 

Adam Dawtrey founded Bofa Productions in 2013 with Mary Bell. The company is based in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire. Adam’s feature credits as a producer include A Story of Children and Film, d. Mark Cousins (official selection, Cannes 2013, UK distributor Dogwoof, sales Hanway, UK TV on FilmFour); Antonia Bird: From EastEnders to Hollywood, d. Susan Kemp (UK theatrical release at BFI Southbank, HOME, GFT, Filmhouse etc, TV broadcast on BBC4); Stockholm My Love, d. Mark Cousins (Stockholm Film Festival, London Film Festival etc, UK distributor BFI, TV broadcast on BBC2); The Eyes of Orson Welles, d. Mark Cousins (official selection, Cannes 2018, special commendation in the documentary competition; UK distributor and world sales, Dogwoof, UK tv on BBC4). 


Colin Monie: Editor

Colin Monie, based in Glasgow, has established himself as one of the UK’s leading editors, through an extensive fiction, television and documentary editing career. His documentary work includes the critically acclaimed Jigby Sue Bourne, and more recently Bafta-winning Nae PasaranFrom Scotland with LoveWe Are Northern Lightsand Alastair Cole’s Colours of the Alphabet. His fiction work includes Young AdamThe Magdalene SistersThe UnlovedWaterand Midnight's Children.


Aidan O’Rourke: Composer

Iorram is the first film score by Aidan O’Rourke, the Edinburgh-based fiddle player and composer who forms part of the trio Lau. Aidan was named Radio 2 folk musician of the year in 2014, and Scots Trad Musician of the year in 2011. The soundtrack album for Iorram is available now, for more details see here 


The film stemmed from the research of Dr Magnus Course, who was also the film's co-producer and academic advisor. Magnus is a senior lecturer in linguistic anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.  

The film would not have been possible without a dedicated and skilled Scottish gaelic language and translation team including lead translator and subtitler Joan MacKenzie, as well as Translation and song consultant Gillebride MacIllemhaoil, and Translation support from Curstaidh NicDhòmhnaill, Àdhamh Ó Broin.


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Na Filmeadairean

Alastair Cole – Stiùiriche, Riochdaire, Filmeadair

Tha an stiùiriche Alastair Cole, a tha air duaisean a choisinn airson filmichean aithriseach, stèidhichte ann an Dùn Èideann. Buinidh e do Shealan Nuadh. Tha Iorram a’ leantainn air a chuid obrach ann a bhith a’ dèanamh filmichean mu dheidhinn dinimigeachd sèamhaidh, dlùth-eòlach agus poilitigeach cànain agus comainn. Am measg na filmichean a rinn e roimhe, tha an dealbh aithriseach Colours of the Alphabet agus trì deilbh aithriseach goirid. Chaidh Colours of the Alphabet fhoillseachadh aig Fèis Film Ghlaschu ann an 2016, agus chaidh a shealltainn aig 40+ fèisean film eadar-nàiseanta agus a chraoladh ann an 30 cànan thar 52 dùthaich, cuide ri iomadh duais a chosnadh, agus ainmeachadh airson Duais Grierson 2016.  Chaidh na filmichean goirid aige an craoladh ann an 27 dùthaich agus an sealltainn aig 50+ fèisean air feadh an t-saoghail, nam measg Seachdain Sgrùdairean Cannes ann an 2011 agus 2012.

Cho-sgrìobh agus chluich Alastair sgòr beò airson an fhilm sàmhach Eadailteach bho 1915, Assunta Spina, a chaidh a shealltainn an toiseach aig Fèis Film Ghlaschu 2018 agus a tha air a dhol timcheall na RA bhon uair sin. Tha Alastair cuideachd na òraidiche ann a Dòigh-Obrach Film aig Oilthigh a’ Chaisteil Nuaidh.


Adam Dawtrey – Riochdaire

Chuir Adam Dawtrey Bofa Productions air bhonn ann an 2013 còmhla ri Mary Bell. Tha a’ chompanaidh stèidhichte ann an Drochaid Alain, Siorrachd Shruighlea. Am measg creideasan Adam mar riochdaire, tha A Story of Children and Film, s. Mark Cousins (taghadh oifigeil, Cannes 2013, sgaoileadair RA Dogwoof, reic Hanway, UK TV air FilmFour); Antonia Bird: From EastEnders to Hollywood, s. Susan Kemp (sgaoileadh taigh-deilbh RA aig BFI Southbank, HOME, GFT, Filmhouse msaa, craoladh TBh air BBC4); Stockholm My Love, s. Mark Cousins (Fèis Film Stockholm, Fèis Film Lunnainn msaa,  Film Festival etc, sgaoileadair RA, BFI, craoladh TBh air BBC2); The Eyes of Orson Welles, s. Mark Cousins (taghadh oifigeil, Cannes 2018, moladh sonraichte anns a’ cho-fharpais aithriseach; sgaoileadair RA agus reic eadar-nàiseanta, Dogwoof, UK TV air BBC4).


Colin Monie – Deasaiche

Tha Colin Monie, a tha stèidhichte ann an Glaschu, air ainm a dhèanamh dha fhèin mar aon de na prìomh luchd-deasachaidh san RA, tro chùrsa-obrach farsaing a’ deasachadh ficsean, telebhisean agus filmichean aithriseach. Am measg an obair aithriseach aige tha Jig le Sue Bourne, a fhuair moladh mòr, agus o chionn ghoirid Nae Pasaran, a choisinn duais Bafta, From Scotland with Love, We Are Northern Lights agus Colours of the Alphabet le Alastair Cole. Am measg an obair ficsean aige, tha Young Adam, The Magdalene Sisters, The Unloved, Water agus Midnight's Children.


Aidan O’Rourke – Sgrìobhaiche-ciùil

‘S e Iorram a’ chiad sgòr-film le Aidan O’Rourke, fìdhlear agus sgrìobhaiche-ciùil stèidhichte ann an Dùn Èideann agus aon den chiùil-thriùir, Lau. Chaidh Aidan ainmeachadh mar Neach-ciùil Folk na Bliadhna Radio 2 ann an 2014, agus Neach-ciùil Trad Albannach na Bliadhna ann an 2011. Foillsichidh e clàr traca-fuaime airson Iorram ann an 2021.


Thàinig am film bho rannsachadh Dr Magnus Course, a bha cuideachd na cho-riochdaire agus chomhairliche acadaimigeach air an fhilm. Tha Magnus na àrd-òraidiche ann an daon¬-eòlas cànain aig Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann.

Cha bhiodh e air a bhith comasach am film a dhèanamh as aonais sgioba Gàidhlig dealasach agus sgileil, a’ gabhail a-steach eadar-theangair agus fo-thiotalair, Seonag NicCoinnich, Comhairliche eadar-theangachaidh agus òrain, Gillebride MacIllemhaoil, le taic eadar-theangachaidh bho Churstaidh NicDhòmhnaill agus Àdhamh Ó Broin.


Further credits ~ Creideasan eile


Executive producers ~ Àrd riochdairean: Mary Bell, Mairead Màiri Mhoireach,Mark Thomas

Audio description and International subtitling ~ Cunntas deilbh agus fo-thiotalan airson trioblaidean claisneachd : Screen Language

Underwater Cinematography Filmeadh fon uisge: : Lindsay Brown

Aerial Cinematography ~ Filmeadh adhair: : Mark Bull, John Duncan

Underwater sound recordings ~ Clàradh fuaim fon uisge:  David De La Haye

Original music performed by ~ Ceòl ùr air a chluich le:  Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) Graeme Stephen (guitar), Lizabett Russo (voice), Tom Gibbs (Piano and Harmonium) Brìghde Chaimbeul (Scottish smallpipes), Lucy Railton (cello) and Adam Kinner (saxophone)

Music recorded at ~ Ceòl air a chlàradh aig: Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland. 

Music engineer and mixer ~ Innleadaireachd agus measgachadh ciùil: : Stuart Hamilton

Sound Post Production ~ Iar-riochdachadh fuaim: : Savalas

Re-recording mixer ~ Measgachadh ath-chlàradh: Micheal MacKinnon

Picture Post Production ~ Iar-riochdachadh dealbh: : Serious Facilities

Colourist ~ Dathaiche: Ben Mullen

Graphics ~ Grafaigeachd: Serious FX

Online editor ~ deasachadh air-loidhne: David Leishman