A Kind of Seeing: A Scottish Screen Archive Event

  • 120 mins

Celebrate Scottish documentary on the big screen with a unique evening of archive film.

Screening with:

The Big Mill

  • Laurence Henson /
  • 1963 /
  • 25 mins

The production of sheet steel at the Ravenscraig and Gartcosh Works of Colvilles Ltd., Lanarkshire.

Director: Laurence Henson

Edinburgh On Parade

  • Mark Littlewood /

The streets of Edinburgh at festival time.

Director: Mark Littlewood

The Face of Scotland

  • Basil Wright /
  • 1938 /
  • 13 mins

In one of the seven documentaries made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition, Basil Wright (codirector of Night Mail) sets out to answer the questions “what and why is the Scot?”

Director: Basil Wright

A Kind of Seeing

  • Edward McConnell /
  • 1967 /
  • 15 mins

Janet McBain of the Scottish Screen Archive presents a tour through Scotland's rich heritage of beautifully crafted documentaries about the landscapes, cities and lives of ordinary people. The programme features pioneering films such as Margaret Tait's Rose Street (1956) and Edinburgh on Parade (1970) by Mark Littlewood (co-recipient, 2008 BAFTA Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Film).

Meet some of the filmmakers in an open discussion afterwards. 

The colours and shapes of the Scottish landscape with music by Frank Spedding

Director: Edward McConnell

Rose Street

  • Margaret Tait /
  • UK /
  • 1956 /
  • 15 mins

The minutiae of daily life on Edinburgh's Rose Street in the 1950s is presented in this impressionistic documentary piece by the director of Blue Black Permanent (EIFF 1993).

Director: Margaret Tait

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