You appear to be using a browser that is no longer supported. You may find that you are unable to use all features on the site. We recommend upgrading or changing your browser, if possible.
Skip to main content
Search... Open this section

Up Stream

A story of the Scottish Salmon Fisheries

  • Print All


Produced by world-renowned Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson for the Empire Marketing Board, this artistic documentary shows the different methods of commercial salmon fishing in Scotland in the 1930s.

Questions & Activities


  • Which method of catching salmon do you think is best and why?
  • How many different shots can you count?
  • How does the cinematography draw you into the film?
  • How is music used to emphasise the rhythm of the action?


Learn more about camera angles and shots used in cinematography. Make notes on the different shots used in this film and discuss how they help the viewer understand more about fishing methods while also drawing them into the action.

Compare the lives of the fishermen depicted in this film to the lives of salmon farmers today. Create your own documentary about the changing way of life of coastal people.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-021-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of the British Film Institute
Project Ref 0039
Date 1932
Genre Documentary, Sponsored, Promotional
School Subject Biology, Art and Design
Subject Matter Rivers and Coasts, Business, Shape and Pattern, Visual Elements
Who Arthur Elton (director), Empire Marketing Board (production company), John Grierson (producer)
Where Deeside
Event Working life
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 8:41
Film Length 17:00