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I Remember, I Remember (clip 3)

Documentary legend, John Grierson introduces a clip from 'Granton Trawler'

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A personal account John Grierson of a life spent in documentary film-making, including his early life in Stirling and Glasgow. This film which takes the form of a masterclass was first screened at the 1968 Edinburgh Film Festival to mark John Grierson's 70th year and celebrate his importance to the development of the Scottish film and TV industry. In this clip Grierson introduces a clip from his second film about the fishing industry called 'Granton Trawler' (1934). Go to clip 4 of this film.

Questions & Activities


  • How do you feel watching this film?
  • What do you think that knocking sound might be?
  • Do you know the difference between pitching, rolling or yawling?
  • What changes could you make to the sound with modern equipment to give the film a more realistic feel?


Media Studies: Compare the style of filming used in 'Granton Trawler' and the film 'Drifters' featured in the previous clip 'I Remember, I Remember (clip 2)', paying particular note to the soundscape and the way that the heroism of the working man is portrayed.

Biology / Health and Wellbeing: Research into the causes of seasickness and how can it be dealt with or overcome. You may also want to compare the causes of seasickness to vertigo and labarynthitis.

Music: The music in this film is an interesting mix of diegetic and non-diegetic. Taking this film as a starting point, create a piece of music inspired by the sea.

English: Come up with a series of questions that you would like to the fisherman to answer.

English: Grierson mentions that the trawler, the "Isabella Greig" was lost at sea six months after the film was made. Research the "Isabella Greig" ( and write a report about its loss.

Geography / Rivers and Coasts / Maths / Problem Solving: Research the dangers of fishing and how many boats were lost at sea each year. Make graphs showing the total and percentage losses over time to decide how much safer fishing is today than in the past.

Physics: Research the different reasons why a boat pitches, rolls and yawls and why these movements are so difficult to control.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-281-C
Resource Rights Holder Granton Trawler courtesy of Royal Mail Film Archive
Project Ref 2232
Date 1968
Genre Documentary, Tv Doc
School Subject Geography, Media Studies, English, Biology, Physics, Mathematics
Subject Matter Rivers and Coasts, Creative Writing
Who Films of Scotland (sponsor), James Sutherland (director), John Grierson (writer), Scottish Television (production company)
Where Seafaring
Event Edinburgh Film Festival
Attributes Black and White, Colour, Sound
Clip Length 6:25
Film Length 53:08