An honourable mention

To be screened by the Algarve History Association (AHA) as part of a talk on the development of train transport, the ‘Diesel Maiden’ is an acclaimed documentary made by a group of expats living in the Algarve.

Filmed by Miguel Dias of SkyeVision and written by Carolyn Kain, it tells the story of a group of passengers on a train journey between Vila Real and Lagos.

A docu-drama with plenty of comic moments, the film is in English with Portuguese subtitles. In August, it was entered for Faro’s International Film Festival where it received an “honourable mention”. It has subsequently been submitted to four more film festivals.

Partly sponsored by the AHA, the film is to be shown again as part of a wider talk by Peter Booker who will explain the significance of train transport and its impact on the local economy.

The ‘Diesel Maiden’ brings this history up-to-date including forthcoming plans and improvements for the Algarve line.

Talks take place at Clube de Tavira on October 9 from 6pm and at Lagoa Library on October 24 from 6pm.

Attendance is free of charge, but donations are accepted.

Photo: Simon Tubb plays the part of an environmental protestor collecting signatures aboard the ‘Diesel Maiden’

Photo by : PETER KAIN