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!
Clara Glynn's three part series Behind Closed Doors will be airng on BBC Radio4 next week. Lawyer, Rebecca Nyman takes on a sexual discrimination case in the first episode One of the Lads on Wednesday June 12th, 14:15. Tilting the Odds on Thursday 13th features a vet who might be struck off for doping a racehorse. And Safe House, Friday 15th, is a Closed Material Procedure terrorism case taking place partly in secret.
We are delighted that Tilting the Odds has been selected for Drama of the Week, and will be available to enjoy as a download.
Writer: Clara Glynn, Producer/ Director: David Neville
Starring Claire Rushbrook as Rebecca
Find more details and tune in here.
Hopscotch production, Enlighten Up, has featured in the Scotsman arts section, published on Thursday 18th and featured on the arts blog online. Journalist, Jay Richardson, interviews Robert and Iain on the challenges of writing educational comedy for kids.
For full article click here.
Photograph by Helen Jones.
We've teamed up with Burnistoun stars Robert Florence and Iain Connell to discover what philosophical thinking is all about. Enlighten Up takes some of the major ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment and explores them in comedy sketch form. From the big questions like 'how can we know the world exists?' to moral quandary 'why should I care about you?' Florence and Connell are here to give you the philosophical know-how with the stars of Scottish philosophy; David Hume, Thomas Reid and Adam Smith.
Here are some exclusive pics of the boys in action!
All photographs by Helen Jones
Enlighten Up is a commission for BBC Learning Scotland