Joan has always known where she wanted to go, from an early age up to her impending marriage to the head of a major company. But as she travels north for the planned Scottish island wedding, she discovers there is more to life than material success. While waiting for a storm to abate, she meets and reluctantly falls in love with the impoverished Laird of the island her fiancé has rented. After the storm, they decide to make their future together.
The Ministry of Information invited them to consider making a film about the deterioration of Anglo-American relations, a direct result of the impact of a million GIS massed in Britain before the Allied landings. But when the limited quantity of Technicolor stock available prevented this project going ahead immediately, they decided to take advantage of the delay and continue with I Know Where I'm Going! Pressburger recalled that the script seemed to flow in a burst of inspiration, taking less than a week to draft. It included many elements close to each of the Archers' preoccupations - Powell's love of the Western Isles and his technical virtuosity, here required to combine location and studio filming for a spectacular whirlpool sequence, Pressburger's concern with the fate that shapes individual lives and the moral decisions that determine civilization.
Ian Christie (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger: Arrows of Desire)