Fine – Reluctant Silence

2005: Documentary
An exploration into the power of expression through words, music and gesture.

This uplifting short film documents the inspiring journey of Alwyn, a professional Blues musician who following a stroke, lost the ability to communicate verbally, and with it the passion and motivation to continue playing music.

A Bridging the Gap Project, in association with the Scottish Documentary Institute.


Director: Hazel Baillie
Producer: Micky MacPherson
Director of Photography: Ewan McNicol
Music: Alwyn James


Alwyn James


Best International Short Documentary
DOCNZ International Documentary Film Festival 2006

Saltire Society Grierson Award
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2005


  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, UK – August 2005
  • DOCNZ International Documentary Festival, Auckland, New Zealand – September 2006
  • Document4 Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, UK – October 2006
  • Tallgrass Film Festival, Wichita, Kansas, USA – October 2006
  • Reel 2006 Showcase, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – November 2006
  • ROSHD International Film Festival, Tehran, Iran – November 2006