McLaren 2014 is a project being planned to celebrate the life and work of Norman McLaren through a range of public exhibitions, screenings, academic exploration, and public engagement. It explores his international impact and promotes his legacy for Scotland.
Introduction to Norman McLaren:
Norman McLaren was a genius of the moving image, an experimental filmmaker, electronic music pioneer, a celebrated animator and world-renowned artist.
Whilst studying at Glasgow School of Art, McLaren’s early films caught the attention of fellow Scot John Grierson, who invited McLaren to Canada where they established the NFB as a world-leading incubator of independent film research and production. It was at the NFB that the main opus of McLaren’s work was produced until his death in 1987.
McLaren’s work reveals astounding inventiveness, and reflects his deep-rooted humanism. His joyous work was influenced as much by surrealism as his pacifist convictions, and shaped by a passion for dance and music; as such, his films can be celebrated on many levels. He has influenced generations of artists, filmmakers and musicians, from Picasso and Truffaut to Lucas and Linklater.
The McLaren 2014 Programme runs between the centenary of his birth on 11th April and the end of the Commonwealth Games on 3rd August 2014. McLaren 2014 will narrate the journey of McLaren’s life in Scotland, encompassing his birthplace in Stirling, path to Glasgow where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art, through to Edinburgh, where his films were a regular feature of the Edinburgh International Film Festival since its first edition in 1947, and where the 2014 edition will present the 25th McLaren Award for Best British Animation.
The McLaren 2014 Programme will be project managed by the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), based at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse and home of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, working with a wide range of public, cultural and academic partners across Scotland, the UK and Canada. McLaren 2014 is being produced in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada , and in Canada the NFB will be holding commemorative events within their 75th Anniversary that will dovetail with the events in Scotland.
McLaren 2014 is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme which is a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time. The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland. www.glasgow2014.com/culture
If you would like more information or to discuss this project further, please contact:
Artistic Director of McLaren 2014
88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
+44 (0)131 228 6382
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.