Mirror Lands


Still but full of movement; quiet but full of sound; nothing is quite as it seems... Mirror Lands is an absorbing and dreamlike portrait of The Black Isle, an ever-changing peninsula in the Highlands of Scotland supporting a delicate balance between nature, industry and rural life. Contrasting local voices intermingle, rising and falling across lingering shots of land, sea and air, sharing personal memories, feelings and experiences of this curious place. Sounds of the natural and man-made world are woven together with Lyken and Dove's original score creating a unique audio visual experience that explores the complex relationships between people and place.

 HD | Colour | 67min 42s | 16:9 | Stereo | Scotland, 2014

Available versions: Theatrical Feature; Installation


“A deeply moving, absorbing and haunting film and sound study” - The Quietus 

“The tonalities and timbres of these striking visual images have ample time to seep deep within our soul" - The Wire 

“A seductive blend of film and sound" - Chris Watson, Sound Artist

Directed by Mark Lyken | Emma Dove

Music by Lyken | Dove

Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, The University Of Aberdeen, Cryptic and Time Released Sound

Installation photography © Alex Woodward 2014



2014 Winner, Award for Creativity, IFFEST, Bucharest, Romania

Official Selections & Screenings:

2017 Electric Spring Festival, Huddersfield, England

2016 Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales

2015 Sonica, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland

2015 Random Film Festival 5th Edition. Gdynia, Poland

2104 UMEA European Film Festival. Gothenburg, Sweden

2014 Voices from the Water International Film Festival. Bangalore, India

2014 The Village Festival of Sustainability. Milan, Italy



2014 Inverness Museum & Gallery, Inverness, Scotland

2014 Premiere, "Cryptic Nights", Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland