James Robert Sinclair was born in 1930 in the ben (the 'good') end of the croft house at Clavel in the South Mainland of Shetland. The only child of Gibby and Mima Sinclair, he has lived there all his life, and since they died, on his own.
A familiar sight in his blue boiler suit and yellow wellies, James Robert has always been on the go, in all weathers: feeding his sheep, checking on them, moving them on.
As he grew older the crofthouse fell into disrepair. Following a stay in hospital, James Robert heeded the concerns of friends and social services and reluctantly moved to sheltered housing in the nearby village of Bigton.
Yet, as warm and dry as his new home may be, James Robert longs for Clavel. So with the help of neighbours and friends, James Robert continues to go to Clavel and look after his sheep.
Shona Main was brought up in Bigton and James Robert is at the side of the road of many of her childhood memories. With the aim of documenting this man, his way of life and those who make it possible, she and her camera followed James Robert around for a 'sheep' year, from lambing to wintertime.
Originally a writer, Shona Main began experimenting with film in 2011. This is her first solo project.
The music was written and performed by Bigton musicians Alice Mullay, a music therapist, and Jonathan Ritch, a sound engineer. The song Dagalien was sung by men from Bigton who have known James Robert all their lives.