...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.

︎ Launch! is now available to book for your local cinema - contact us here to arrange a screening ︎

︎ Watch Launch!
︎ 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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Launch! is part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21

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What’s on: Launch! events

We’re planning a cinema tour of Launch!  

We’ll post all screenings info here and on our social media as events are confirmed.

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If you’d like Launch! to screen in your community: please ask your local cinema to email us to discuss how to book the film. You can find your nearest cinema or film club on Mapping Scotland’s Screen Community.

We can offer cinemas the 45-minute film in a variety of formats with subtitles and the specially recorded soundtrack, as well as tips on running activity around the film in support of their nearest lifeboat station. All for a subsidised screening fee.

The Premiere of Launch! 

Mareel, Lerwick - 2pm, Sun 20 June
We’re delighted that Launch! will be premiering at Mareel in Lerwick, Shetland. Tickets will be available from 10am on Friday 4 June when they can be booked online at shetlandarts.org, in person at Mareel’s Box Office, or over the phone on 01595 745500.

Get a taste for the Open Sea...

“...Ghosh’s clarinet howl whipped up the drama of the call-out and Singh’s percussive vocalising complimented the heaving waves and stricken vessels on screen to evoke the sea as a fearsomely hissing, growling entity...”

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Launch! at Celtic Connections
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Prior to national lockdown, we debuted a short version of Launch! as part of international music festival Celtic Connections on 18 January 2020 in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. We were honoured to be invited as part of the Coastal Connections Day line-up for Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.

This special event meant Jason, Jenny, Arun and John performed their brilliant soundtrack live alongside the film for over 300 people.