Rockall is the UK’s most remote island. A desolate rock, standing at 17m tall and just over 300km west of Scotland, it is out of reach of almost all helicopters and propellor planes making boat the only means of access.
In 1985, SAS veteran Tom McClean, survived for 40 nights on Rockall, affirming the UK’s right to ownership of the rock, and the billions of pounds of potential oil within the territory of Rockall. Since then, only 5 people have survived more than one night on the islet, a number lower than the number of people who have been to the moon.
In 2023, Navy reservist and lecturer Cam Cameron is attempting to break the occupational record on Rockall, with the aim to spend 60 nights in a small tent, on the side of the rock.
Edge of Existence is a film that will document his preparations and journey to Rockall, whilst also telling the stories of Tom, now 82, and other Rockall survivors, to discover why we risk our lives for arbitrary accolades and adventure.
Edge of Existence is currently in co-production by the Academy Award® winning Slick Films and WILD Studio. Directed by Aaron Wheeler.
A N E W O D Y S S E Y
In 725 BC, ‘The Odyssey’ was first orally composed, beginning the succession of fables, poems and stories that ensued, telling tales of epic sea-faring adventures and lessons taught by the gods of the time. These stories were the genesis of culture and morality amongst early societies, which were shared around as a way of teaching virtuosity in a more nuanced way than simply writing the moral law on a scripture.
Nearly 3,000 years later and the distortion of modernity and the battle for power blurring the lines between right and wrong. It’s easy to see how empathy and mortality can be morphed into selfish intent. Now, more than ever, we need to be reminded of our origins, that we are not powerful gods, but merely side-effects of the chaos of the world.
The feeling of standing alone, with 300 miles of raging ocean in every direction would surely bring a feeling of impotence to any man. The power of the entire Atlantic ocean in the face of one person seems to surely be one of godly scale and is as close as we can be to living the real-life tale of The Odyssey.
The story of Rockall appears to be this modern-day fable, with humble adventurers traveling out into the treachery of the oceanic wilderness to face their inner demons as well as the brutality of the seas. Alone, facing oblivion and indifference simultaneously.
Surely at that point, one can truly understand what it means to be a human.
C H A R A C T E R S