An analogue film, for a digital age…
The organisers of Yamba’s Surfing The Coldstream Festival are delighted to announce the Australian Premiere screening of From Scotland With Love, a film created in 2014 for the cultural festival that accompanied Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games.
Over the course of 75-minutes, award-winning director Virginia Heath elegantly stitches together footage of mid-20th-century Scottish life and industry, accompanied by a transcendent score by Scottish musician King Creosote. The silent individuals on the silver screen become real characters, who emerge to tell us their stories, given voice by the poetic music and lyrics. As these personalities reappear in successive sequences, they are provided their own musical refrain. The effect is remarkable in its ability to capture and convey emotion.
A journey into our collective past, the film explores universal themes of love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play. Ordinary people, some long since dead, their names and identities largely forgotten, appear shimmering from the depth of the vaults to take a starring role. An old world gleams anew.
Event organiser Phil Nicholas said, “The film documents aspects of everyday life that anyone who lived through parts of the 20th Century will identify with, especially if you are of Scottish decent but in actually fact, anyone who has grown up in a family, had a job or gone on holiday.”
“I don’t have Scottish ancestry myself, but when I saw this film for the first time, it really moved me and I knew immediately that it would resonate with Maclean residents and just about everyone else in the Clarence Valley.”
“I’m also really pleased to be adding film to the variety of art forms on display in Maclean during this period of the year, when the town celebrates and reflects on its cultural roots”, said Mr Nicholas.
This one-off event takes place Saturday 2 April at Maclean Civic Hall from 7pm. Tickets are $20 on the door. Popcorn and refreshments will be available on the night.