Look out for Documenting John Grierson appearing at Glasgow Film Festival on Friday 28th and Saturday 1st March (Buy Tickets). To whet your appetite here is an exclusive bonus clip of Bill Forsyth chatting to John Archer about the trailblazing filmmaker.
Supercool Frank Quitely on BBC2 Scotland now, thanks to Joseph Briffa
A wee preview of our upcoming documentary on the Scottish accent on screen. Alex Norton joins an actors' class in London as they prepare to master the Scottish accent.
Dream Me Up Scotty: The Scottish Accent on Screen broadcasts on Monday 23rd December 9pm. See the BBC website for more details.
Here's Alex Norton having a wee sing song in the famous Britannia Panopticon. He's following the footsteps of many a Scots actor who started their career in the music halls before making it onto the silver screen. Director John MacLaverty filmed Alex singing 'Cead Mile Failte' during a break from shooting Dream Me Up Scotty: The Scottish Accent on Screen. The documentary will screen on BBC1 Scotland on December 23rd at 9pm so make sure to tune in!
The Kelvingrove has announced its plans to exhibit a retrospective of Alasdair Gray's work, marking the artist's 80th birthday next year.
Meanwhile Brian Fergusson has commended Kevin Cameron's film Life in Progress in the Scotsman...
"If I needed any further convincing about my new-found affection for documentaries, I found it at the CCA in Glasgow when BAFTA hosted a screening of a recently completed documentary about Alasdair Gray.
Kevin Cameron has spent well over a decade with Glasgow’s best-known artist – and has produced a remarkable profile of him at work on some of his best-known murals in the city, as well as tracing his hugely varied career from his days studying at art school.
Many of Gray’s supporters feel he was unfairly maligned after the publication of his “settlers and colonists” essay last December.
The film, A Life in Progress, should help to redress the balance if and when it is released, thanks to the insight it offers into Gray’s entertaining, complex and quirky characteristics, as well as the contributions from the likes of Ian Rankin and Liz Lochhead. It is no exaggeration to say it could completely redefine how Gray is perceived as he prepares to turn 80 next year."
In celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary year, Nova Music Opera present an intriguing operatic double-bill exploring the themes of loss, redemption and forgiveness.
The Old Testament story of Hagar and Abraham is vividly brought to life by multi award-winning composer Sally Beamish and librettist Clara Glynn in their new chamber opera, Hagar in the Wilderness. The opera’s uncomfortable account of social injustice is particularly pertinent in society today and in many ways echoes similar sentiments conveyed in Curlew River.
It will be performed on Wednesday 21 August, 7.45pm at St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne (details)
Have a look at what Clara and Sally had to say on the project
John Archer will be travelling to Sheffield this week, along with director Iain Scollay, where they have the pleasure of pitching Accidental Birth of an Anarchist at the BFI Film fund meet. Go along on Saturday 15th June and give them your support! (check the website for further details.)
Based on his book The Leaderless Revolution, the documentary follows former diplomat Carne Ross, as he rebels against the system to support the Occupy movement. Watch this exclusive trailer...
Exclusive look at the trailer for Kevin Cameron's playful and extensive documentary on the great artist and writer Alasdair Gray. The film will be appearing at Dunoon Film Festival, June 16th 4pm, as a work in progress. Kevin will be on hand to answer questions.
For more information see the Dunoon Film festival website.
We hope to see you there, enjoy the taster!