Two Ears One Mouth

Two Ears One Mouth

Duncan Williamson is of Traveller descent and lives in Scotland, Amy Douglas is fifty years younger and lives in Cheshire. They share a love for telling stories and both manage to make a living from it. The film shows them telling stories to school children, fair-goers, tourists as well as to me, the film-maker. The stories they tell are filled with timeless heroes and an otherworldly charm. Around a camp-fire at night, they meet to discuss their art and their passion for it.

Storytelling is not dying out, it lives on, thanks in a big way to the late Duncan Williamson, lovingly known as The Grandfather of Storytelling. Amy is just one of the many storyteller’s who Duncan inspired and influenced and she has now become a legendary teller in her own right, working professionally across the UK and having many books published.

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have spent precious time with these 2 masters of the spoken word; their influence is long-lasting as I now tell stories myself, including some of the tales that are told in this film. Duncan passed away in 2007, and this film remains a tribute to him as well as a rare repository of his work, containing some of the last video-recorded stories that Duncan told.

The 30-minute film is available for sale or hire through the Royal Anthropological Institute, or by contacting me directly.