James McDonald

Title:

‘THE UNKNOWN NATION - AND I’

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Cornwall is a remote English county, but many Cornish people believe it to be a Celtic nation deserving its own government.

In researching Cornish nationalism, the film-maker integrates different filmic styles with a narrated personal 'voice' allowing a journey, a quest for meaning, to evolve into an intimate polemic on his own Irish identity.

The mixture of editing styles has been harnessed in a way to give the film a quality of movement, progression and humour. Avoiding the clichés surrounding the portrayal of Cornwall, the film focuses on a Cornish Miner and Politician who act as polarities of the importance of national identity in the modern era.