Sink or Skim


The World Stone Skimming Championship is held on the tiny Scottish island of Easdale every year. Two obsessed skimmers show us what it takes to become the world’s top tosser.

Sink or Skim (2019), our first televised film, was the highest performing programme on all of Scotland's digital channels on it premiering night.

“not a subject many channels would have commissioned, but it was a beautifully made piece and it was funny watching it go out and looking at social media because people were going ‘I can’t believe they’re doing something about stone skimming. Is this part of their sport portfolio?’. But by the end of it the same people were going ‘That was really good’.”" - Steve Carson, BBC Scotland’s Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning

Commissioned for BBC Scotland, this is our 30 minute ob doc about The World Stone Skimming Championships held on the tiny Scottish island of Easdale every year. Two obsessed skimmers show us what it takes to become the world’s best. The film Includes a mind-blowing original soundtrack by the Bad Mannequins and Animations by Stephen Moir.

Easdale is an island blessed with millions of perfect skimming stones after its slate mining industrial past was brought to an abrupt end by a huge storm. Water filled the immense quarries and created the world’s first stone skimming arena. The competition has always been, and is to this day, a community fundraising event, but tensions are now mounting between the small island community and the skimmers whose abilities have far outgrown the limitations of the 63m quarry.

Alex Lewis and Dougie Isaacs, the two most capable competitors of hitting Easdales’ ‘Backwall’, hail from opposite camps.. Dougie accepts the limitations of the island and demonstrates a zen attitude to competition, usually his zen comes from two pints of ale. Alex on the other had, only values one thing, and that’s winning. If he doesn't get a competition that caters to the 100m-plus thrower he might just have to go a make one himself.

BBC SCOTLAND – 25/02/2019 & 24/05/2019

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