The Hermit of Treig won the audience voting award at the 2022 Glasgow Film Festival, out of seven films nominated.
Director Lizzie MacKenzie said: “Wow wow wow! As if it wasn’t an honour enough as a Highland lassie to premier my first film at Glasgow Film Festival, winning the audience award is just magic.I’m so chuffed that Ken has charmed the audiences much like he charmed me during our first ever encounter that sparked his whole thing off. Now for the long hike into the woods to break the news over a glass of birch wine! From all Team Hermit, a massive thanks.”
The Hermit of Treig releases to cinemas on March 25th, and the broadcast version is available on BBC iPlayer.
I co-edited the film with Ling Lee.
Reviews for The Hermit of Treig:
"Her gentle, charming documentary portrays a man with a touch of poetry in his soul, who is apparently immune to loneliness."
5/5 Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail
"A beautifully filmed portrait... gently draws out his life story while probing him about the ever-changing challenges of living in the wild. The end result is a gentle, illuminating picture of what makes a fulfilling life."
4/4 Alastair Harkness, Scotsman
"This lovely, compassionate documentary, which recently won the audience award at the Glasgow film festival, is more than a character study. It’s a portrait of a friendship between Smith and film-maker Lizzie MacKenzie."
4/5 Wendy Ide, Guardian
"As much about Ken Smith’s connection to his natural surroundings as the man himself, this documentary will have its audience falling in love with both"
3/5 Phuong Le, Guardian
"There are things to be learnt from his lifestyle and his appreciation of nature, but the film doesn’t preach: it’s merely a portrait of an individual."
4/5 Edward Porter, Sunday Times
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