How much do you rely on technology? Meet the residents of a remote community in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
'WiFi in the Glen' is a witty, heartfelt portrait of a remote community in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Assynt is one of the most ancient places on earth, dating back billions of years. Using the landscape as a starting point, this film explores the lives of those that live there, and the often surprising part that technology plays in them. Through interactions with the people who call this barren, dramatic environment home, you can get a sense of the place - and are invited to perhaps consider an alternative to your own reliance on technology.
"We were intrigued by the idea of exploring what it means to live in an ancient environment, in a modern age"
"We made contact with musicians, storytellers, farmers and hunters who we thought captured the spirit of the place - these people quickly formed the basis for our story"
"People, cars, telephone wires, a lighthouse, ruins all became important signals of human life in an otherwise untamed place"
About the filmmakers
Jake Lancaster is a writer/director from Manchester. As well as writing and directing fiction shorts, he works in script development for the producer Liza Marshall at Hera Pictures.
Josh Hughes is a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker working across genre and mediums. He has shot projects around the world including Nigeria, Ghana and Southern Italy.
Life Rewired Shorts are a series of short films produced in collaboration with The Smalls. Each month throughout 2019, we asked filmmakers to explore the ideas behind the Barbican's Life Rewired, a season exploring what it means to be human when technology is changing everything.
The series is supported by the British Council's Anyone / Anywhere, a global season on the 30th anniversary of the birth of the web, looking at the impact of this world-changing invention on every aspect of our lives.