Clara Glynn


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Blending fact, anecdote and passionate opinion, Enquirer is a rapid response to the unfolding events in the newspaper industry. It is based on interviews with over forty journalists and was first performed in June as a site-specific piece of theatre performed in an empty media office block in Glasgow. 

This specially produced radio adaptation is a co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland, the London Review of Books and Hopscotch Films.

Edited and directed by Vicky Featherstone and John Tiffany, co-edited by Andrew O'Hagan. The Enquirer cast includes: Maureen Beattie, John Bett, Billy Boyd, James Anthony Pearson, Gabriel Quigley and Billy Riddoch.

Produced for Hopscotch Films by Clara Glynn and Carolynne Sinclair Kidd

1911: Review of the Year

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Hopscotch Films were commissioned by BBC Learning to create a unique window into what life was like one hundred years ago. With a mix of archive, animation and specially shot footage, we tell the story of six amazing events from the perspective of the witnesses. These are the stories you would be reading about in the newspapers one hundred years ago:

Bombing Raids in Libya:  Italian forces attack Libya in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire.  They drop bombs from small planes in the world’s first air raid.

Industrial Unrest in Glasgow: Women protest against a cut in wages and ten thousand workers strike at the Singer factory.

Armed Gang in shootout with the Police: Home Secretary Winston Churchill watches as police and army battle a gang of jewel thieves.

Art Theft in Paris: the Mona Lisa  is stolen from the Louvre.  It’s so famous it’s unsellable, the police suspect it’s a prank by the modernists.

The Conquest of the South Pole: Admunsun triumphs over Scott in a tale of adversity and heroism.

Street Protests for Democracy : Suffragettes storm parliament and smash windows demanding the vote.

Produced by; John Archer, Carolynne Sinclair Kidd

Directed by: Clara Glynn, Dhivya Chetty, Ewan Morrison, Joseph Briffa, Aileen Ritchie

Films of Scotland (2010)

Greg Hemphill takes a sideways look at some remarkable documentary films. Between 1938 and 1982 over a hundred and fifty films were made to sell Scotland to the world and tell Scots themselves about their own country.

The first Films of Scotland were made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition. Rare colour film shows how magical the exhibition was for the children of depression-scarred Glasgow. The seven amazing films made especially for the exhibition showed audiences something they'd not seen before - real people in real places, from the remote Highlands to the shipyards of Dundee. As well as stunning extracts from these early films, we hear from people who remember the Empire Exhibition, and from a pupil featured in one of the original documentaries.

Directed and produced by Clara Glynn and John Archer

Unscrew (2003)

Blackly comedic, a macabre twist on an Ian McEwan’esque fantasy. The Independent

A short drama for the BBC and Scottish Screen starring Douglas Henshall and Emma Fielding. It was selected for the following film festivals: Edinburgh, London, New York, Palm Springs, Manchester, Hull, Grenada, Barcelona and Berlin. It won Clara Glynn, its writer/director, a prize at the Grenada Film Festival and was a runner-up for the Jim Poole Award for best Scottish short film and short-listed for a BAFTA short film award and a Scottish BAFTA

Director/Writer Clara Glynn

Producer Carolynne Sinclair Kidd

The Practicality of Magnolia (2002)

Original, inventive and visually inspired... this is a bright, sweet film with a dark streak running through it. Sumptuously shot and boasting excellent performances all round. The Scotsman

A half hour drama for STV starring Sheila Hancock, Steven Duffy and Brian Cox. It premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival and won Best TV Drama and Best Score awards at the Scottish Baftas.

Director Clara Glynn

Writer Raymond Soltysek

Producer Carolynne Sinclair Kidd

The Drowned Village (2001)

For BBC Scotland and BBC2. Evocative memories of villagers are intercut with archive to paint an unforgettable portrait of a vanished way of life. Shortlisted for an RTS award, this documentary got record viewing figures for BBC Scotland’s Ex-S.

An extraordinary tale told brilliantly by ordinary folk. Don’t miss it. Sunday Mail.

Directed and Produced by Clara Glynn

It's Not You it's Me (2001)

A twenty minute romantic comedy for the BBC. Screened in the Dresden, Istanbul and Los Angeles film festivals, it was a runner-up for the Turner Classic Movie Award at the London Film Festival, commended at the Bristol Short Film Festival and was short-listed for a BAFTA.

Director Clara Glynn

Writer Tony Basgallop

Producer Charlotte Wontner