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  • Director

    A collaborative film by Aidan O’Rourke, Becky Manson and Mark Cousins

  • Run Time

    65 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language

    English, Irish Gaelic

  • Director of Photography: Becky Manson, Mark Cousins

  • Exec Producer: Edinburgh International Festival

  • Editor: Becky Manson

  • Produced by: John Archer

  • Music: Aidan O’Rourke

  • Screenplay by: Aidan O’Rourke

  • Sound Production: Angus McPake, Paul Hartmann

Director Bio

A collaborative film by Aidan O’Rourke, Becky Manson and Mark Cousins

P&I - Director Bio

Mark Cousins has directed twenty feature films, forty shorts, forty hours of TV and published five books. He has won the Prix Italia, the Stanley Kubrick award, the European Film Academy's Innovation award and a Peabody, among others. His next three films are about the rise of fascism, Alfred Hitchcock and painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.


The Ballad of a Great Disordered Heart


An evocative film about Edinburgh’s Old Town and the communities who have called it home. During lockdown, musician Aidan O’Rourke befriended his three octogenarian neighbours, all called Margaret. Inspired by their tales, with a renewed curiosity for his own roots, he takes a musical journey into the meaning of home and belonging. This celebratory film about folk music and its power to connect features a foot-stomping original soundtrack by O’Rourke and live performances by sensational Irish and Scottish folk musicians. [12] Lauren Ferris

Celebrating Scotland’s Stories on Screen

The film will be introduced by Mark Cousins, and the screening will feature a live performance by Aidan O'Rourke.

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