Malcolm Baker is the last traditional Fisherman in the Rame Peninsula. A beautiful, sleepy and forgotten corner of Cornwall, England. Relying on traditional tools, techniques and a knowledge of the sea passed down from generation after generation. Making crab pots by hand, repairing and restoring hand built wooden boats, and sowing nets. At over 70 years old the sea is etched into his face, his hands, his heart. He is a holding pattern, the calm eye of the storm who continues to toil on in one of the most adventurous and dangerous professions in the world.
But around him the world is changing quickly. His occupation, his village and community are evolving at a rapid pace. He finds himself out of time, struggling to understand his place in the world.
However when all looks lost, an unlikely friendship forms with a youth worker searching for a simpler way of life. Hope is generated for the preservation of these traditional skills. Passing them on to a new generation, themselves seeking their own path forward.
Last Fisherman is a reflection and celebration of one man's life; a life that has impacted more than just a community. It provides a reminder that progress, industrialism and rapid change can have a harmful impact on industries, communities and individuals. Nevertheless, in the face of this change there are individuals stout of heart who band together; they favour the old ways, celebrate hard graft and doing a ‘proper job’.
I worked with self-shooting director James Stier from production company We Are Ronin to help craft this labour of love. Taking Malcolm’s ethos to heart and trying to make a film the ‘right’ way. Taking the time necessary to make connections, form friendships, and become part of a community. All the while revelling in the joy of one man’s passion for the sea, that matched our own passion for telling stories.
I was DoP for interview scenes, set pieces, boat to boat footage, and provided additional cinematography as required. I also worked on post production.