Mark Lyken – Notes From A Low Orbit

ClientMark Lyken

4K | Colour | 90mins | 16:9 | Stereo | English | Scotland | 2022

VERSIONS: Feature Film

“Lyken’s film is proof that there is no such thing as ordinary life. Maybe it’s his curious, kind-natured way of looking at people, their rhythms and routines, but scenes here become gently moving in ways that are hard to pinpoint exactly.” – Guardian

“The film captures the absurdity of small-town Scotland […] an absolutely charming love letter to the town that’s wry, sweet and brimming over with affection. Like they appear to have done with its maker, Hawick’s residents embraced Notes from a Low Orbit full-heartedly.” – The Skinny

“It’s a light and quizzical doc put together by someone with a good eye, and even better ear, for the magic of the quotidian.” – We Love Cinema


An affectionate portrait of the local communities, rituals and routines of Hawick in the Scottish Borders that is deeply invested in the sometimes absurd ways in which a town’s cultural identities are shaped, intuited and lived. 

Commissioned by Alchemy Film & Arts
Supported by Creative Scotland, William Grant Foundation

SDH Captions by Matchbox Cinesub
Audio Description by Screen Language, UK

Notes From a Low Orbit is now viewable worldwide on independent streaming platform True Story.