In September 2014, the subjects of the documentary Edwyn Collins and Grace Maxwell spoke to Nowness about life in Helmsdale and the Scottish Referendum:
Edwyn and Grace on Helmsdale
Edwyn Collins: I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of living in Helmsdale. In fact, back in the 1980s, me and Grace rented a car and travelled here to see my grandfather. As a small boy when I was eight years old I loved the place especially in the summertime, Ed and Jim [capture] the mystery and all of the imagination and atmosphere here.
Grace Maxwell: They came up here about 16 months after we first met them, after we’d done all the vocal interviews with Edwyn and most of the ones with me. We wanted to show them this place that we think is so magical, and it cast a spell on them. They decided to shoot in the village, and I think the people were really kind to them.
Edwyn and Grace on the Scottish Referendum
EC: We voted yes in the referendum. Grace was a bit down after, but I’m still positive.
GM: We sat up all night at our friend’s house and drank whisky, feeling pretty miserable about it—I could not get drunk no matter how hard I tried. But in the beginning Edwyn said, “This is a start of something, it’s not the end.” It’s very personal up here. It’s not a Scottish nationalist thing. It’s more an idea can start to influence politics.
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