...on the sea with Scotland’s lifeboats

Dive into Launch! - a cinema release of archive film and video celebrating RNLI communities across Scotland. Directed by Shona Thomson in a co-production with Screen Argyll. With a brand new immersive soundtrack composed and recorded by John Ellis, Arun Ghosh, David McEwan, Jason Singh, Jenny Sturgeon.

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︎ Experiencing

︎ The stories on-screen

︎ Creating the soundtrack

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︎ Thank you!

“It takes a community to launch a lifeboat...”

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Photo credits
Launch! is part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21

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Thank you!

It’s been a tough time for everyone. On Launch! we have been honoured to work with a brilliant team who have supported us and this project above and beyond. From our brilliant funders and partners in the RNLI to everyone who has worked on the production. And special mention to Jason, Jenny, Arun, John, David, and Neil - their creative energy for much longer than we all originally thought has been an inspiration to us. There’s been flexibility with shifting timelines, valuable time and careful attention to detail from every expert working with us, and a passion for the project which we hope we can share with audiences, honouring lifeboat crews and communities across Scotland. 

With deepest thanks from Launch! co-producers,

The Musicians

John Ellis
Arun Ghosh
Jason Singh
Jenny Sturgeon

Featuring the Voices of

Angus Budge RNLI Longhope
Wing Munro RNLI Thurso
Peigi Robertson RNLI Oban
Sheona Smith RNLI Kinghorn
Sincere thanks to the RNLI for allowing us to work with their archive materials, especially:

Eleanor Driscoll
Senior Production Specialist

Dr Joanna Bellis
Heritage Interpretation Development Officer

Scott Fraser
Marketing and Visitor Experience - Scotland

Martin Macnamara
Regional Media Officer - Scotland

Dr Samantha Jones
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Tobermory RNLI

The Production

Launch! Marketing
Neil Hepburn

Graphic Designer
Stuart Graham, Snowball Design

Soundtrack Produced and Mixed by
David McEwan at The Sanctuary Studio, London

Soundtrack Rehearsed & Recorded at
Limefield Studios, Middleton, Manchester

Recording Engineer
Will Falkiner

Thanks to Donald Shaw and Lesley Shaw
at Celtic Connections

Colour grade / Online
Minttu Mäntynen

DCP Creation and 5.1 Dub
Arteus Post Production, Glasgow

The amazing photographs of women crew members and audio interview clips courtesy of
Jack Lowe at The Lifeboat Station Project


Thanks to our funders who have been so supportive and responsive throughout the project as it changed form due to the impacts of the pandemic:


EventScotland through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund and as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 #YCW2021
The National Lottery through Creative Scotland

Film Hub Scotland
Part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network
and funded by BFI and Screen Scotland

Photo Credits

And thanks to those that have captured Launch! and supplied images we’ve incorporated in the film and this website:

Vhairi Walker Visual Artist - Image of the RNLI Macduff screening presented by NEAT

Eoin Carey – Images of the Celtic Connections show

Jack Lowe of The Lifeboat Station Project – Images of modern lifeboat crews

Reece Straw at Underhill Creative – Images from rehearsals in Limefield Studios, Manchester

Dale Smith – Image of Jason Singh and Shona Thomson in Shetland

Roger Moody – Image of Jason Singh

Graeme MacDonald – Image of Jenny Sturgeon

RNLI – Images from archive films

National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive – Images from archive films