Screenings

Raised Voices:
Powering Women
in Film

Raised Voices celebrates women from the film archive across Argyll throughout May 2019

This programme of archive films celebrates women’s achievements and pioneering spirit. From suffragette surgeons and nurses, intrepid Highland postwomen, arctic dog sled journeys and keep fit exercises for the correct posture. Also featured are films made by renowned Scottish filmmakers, Margaret Tait and Jenny Gilbertson and a glimpse into women film technicians at work. The films preserved by the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive, span sixty years and showcase women’s contribution to Scottish history with some remarkable achievements.

Suffragettes and Wartime Women

Scottish Women’s Hospitals (1917) (BW) (Silent) 5 mins Daily life of staff and patients at front line, First World War field hospitals at Villers-Cotterêts in France and Salonika, Greece. Set up and staffed by National Union of Women’s Suffrage, founded by physician Elsie Inglis.

Weblink: http://movingimage.nls.uk/film/0035

Tribute to Wartime Production (5 March, 1941) (BW) (Sound) 3 mins King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit Templeton’s carpet factory in Glasgow to view women making army blankets for the war effort.

Weblink: http://movingimage.nls.uk/film/1625

Pioneering Spirit

The Coming of the Camerons (1944) (Colour) (Silent) 10:34 mins Glen Clova postwoman, Jean Cameron, traverses stone walls, streams and rope bridges to deliver her letters. But needing a practical uniform, she lobbies her Post Office bosses to provide trousers instead of the standard skirt.

Weblink: http://movingimage.nls.uk/film/3828

Health and Fitness

Fitness for Women (1953) (BW) (Silent) 18 mins A demonstration of how women can keep fit and healthy through exercise, keep fit classes and dancing, including the Margaret Morris technique.

Weblink: http://movingimage.nls.uk/film/2398

Filmmakers and Film Technicians

Calypso (1955) (Col) (Sound) 5 mins An example of hand painted animation onto film stock by artist, poet and filmmaker Margaret Tait. This film features animated dancing figures accompanied by calypso music. Weblink: http://movingimage.nls.uk/film/6226

Scottish Central Film Library (1960) (BW) (Silent) 3 mins Women at work repairing film at the Scottish Central Film Library Weblink: http://movingimage.nls.uk/film/3995

Jenny’s Dog Team Journey (1975) (Col) (Sound) (Extract) 12 mins Filmmaker Jenny Gilbertson records a dog sled journey with an Inuit family including a threemonth old baby from Igloolik to Repulse Bay in Canada, travelling 300 miles by sea ice and over the hills of the Melville Peninsula.

Weblink: http://movingimage.nls.uk/film/2510

Curated by Ruth Washbrook Presented by Ruth Washbrook and Shona Thomson, A Kind of Seeing

For more information on Scotland’s Archive Film Collection, visit http://movingimage.nls.uk

Email screenargyll@gmail.com to find out more or follow us on social media @screenargyll or visit www.screenargyll@gmail.com

This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Women’s Histories.

This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Women’s Histories.

Oban Phoenix Cinema

Wednesday 15th May 2019, 7pm

Archive programme from the National Library of Scotland

Presented by Shona Thomson, A Kind of Seeing

Raised Voices: Powering Women in Film

This programme of archive films from Scotland’s Moving Image Archive celebrates women’s achievements and pioneering spirit.  From suffragette surgeons and nurses, intrepid Highland postwomen, arctic dog-sled journeys to keep fit exercises for the correct posture.  Also featured are films made by renowned Scottish filmmakers, Margaret Tait and Jenny Gilbertson and a glimpse into women film technicians at work.  Come and experience women’s contribution to Scottish history with some remarkable achievements and join us for a blether afterwards about women who have inspired you. 

Lynne Ramsay is a Scottish director, producer, writer and cinematographer. Raised Voices gives the opportunity to revisit her first two feature films, both set in Scotland. Trained as a photographer and cinematographer, Lynne Ramsay is a visual director, don’t miss the chance to see her early work on the big screen.

https://www.obanphoenix.com

Oban Phoenix Cinema

Ratcatcher (1999) (15)

Sunday 19th May, 7.15pm

Ramsay’s first feature-length film follows a young Glaswegian boy named James after the death of his friend Ryan. With scarce dialogue and a subtle central performance, Ramsay lets the camera communicate James’ emotions. Images in Ratcatcher often feel disconnected and dreamlike; James’ guilt and grief forming an almost hallucinatory haze. That said, the film doesn’t wallow in misery, with small moments of hope manifesting in forms like a housing development, a friendship with a kindred spirit, even a rat tied to a balloon.

https://www.obanphoenix.com

Dunoon Burgh Hall

Raised Voices: Powering Women in Film

Sunday 19th May

4.30pm

Archive programme from the National Library of Scotland

Presented and curated by Ruth Washbrook

https://www.dunoonburghhall.org.uk

Campbeltown Picture House

Leeds Animation Workshop

Monday 20th May, 7.30pm

Leeds Animation Workshop is a women’s collective set up in 1978 to produce and distribute animated films on social issues. Film include: They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers’ Story, about migrant domestic workers’ rights; Give Us a Smile, about sexual harassment and the objectification of women; and Did I Say Hairdressing? I Meant Astrophysics, about women in science and technology.

https://www.campbeltownpicturehouse.co.uk

Oban Phoenix Cinema

Morvern Callar (2002) (15)

Sunday 26th May, 7.15pm

Based on the cult novel by Alan Warner and filmed in and around Oban. Samantha Morton stars in Lynne Ramsay’s second feature. The film is a visually stunning, gritty study of grief. It follows Morvern’s journey from her husbands suicide in the small port town they live. ‘Alwin Kuchler’s beautiful cinematography, and perhaps especially Paul Davies’ outstanding sound design, are all of the very highest calibre, and an inspired fit with the fierce seriousness of Ramsay’s vision and Morton’s terrific performance.’ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

https://www.obanphoenix.com

Isle of Bute Discovery Centre Cinema

Raised Voices: Powering Women in Film

Sunday 26th May, 4.30pm

Archive programme from the National Library of Scotland

Presented and curated by Ruth Washbrook

https://discovery-centre-cinema.business.site

Campbeltown Picture House

Raised Voices: Powering Women in Film

Wednesday 29th May, 7.30pm

Archive programme from the National Library of Scotland

Presented by Shona Thomson, A Kind of Seeing

https://www.campbeltownpicturehouse.co.uk

Alan Stevenson House, Hynish, Isle of Tiree

Raised Voices: Powering Women in Film

Wednesday 29th May, 7pm

Archive programme from the National Library of Scotland

Presented and curated by Ruth Washbrook

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