Scottish director Mike Day’s documentary work has won a Peabody Award and Emmy and BAFTA Scotland. Day’s career began in the Outer Hebrides on a boat with a camera when he gained access to film The Guga Hunters of Ness, subsequently commissioned by BBC Scotland and screened internationally. He then made the feature documentary The Islands and the Whales in the Faroe Islands, supported by Sundance Institute, Creative Scotland, San Francisco Film Society, The Filmmaker Fund, Creative Europe, Wellcome Trust and the Danish Film Institute. Released in 2016, the film won multiple awards, including a Peabody Award, a BAFTA and Emmy nomination, two Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, Grand Jury prize at DOC NYC and Best Emerging Filmmaker at Hotdocs Toronto. It has also screened at over 400 festivals. Day then went on to make Cowboy Poets (Mountainfilm 2023), released in 2022, which follows the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in the American West in a time of introspection in the community.