"The pain was very, very, very significant.
When talking about such a boom-or-bust business as the film industry one never wants to boast too loudly, but it should be a mark of quiet pride that this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival will have such a strong Scottish accent.
The clocks go back this weekend ushering in that time of year when, for many cyclists, dust sheets are thrown over bikes before they are packed away for the winter months.
In a small, green garden overlooking the exposed salt flats of Wigtown bay and the distant hills and woods of Creetown, 81-year-old Nanette Craig is overseeing the planting of a new apple tree.
Wigtown Book Festival