with an introduction by actor Gerda Stevenson

14:00 SUN 11 NOV



Directed By: Margaret Tait

‘as the spirit of a place endures, the spirit of a person endures’ – Margaret Tait

A haunting and lyrical film, Blue Black Permanent was Tait’s only feature film. Although it was one of the last films she made, the film’s original script was started while Tait was studying film in Rome in the 1950s. The film tells the story of Barbara (Celie Imrie), a woman coming to terms with the mysterious death of her mother (Gerda Stevenson).  Told through a labyrinthine structure, traversing backwards and forwards across several decades, and in between various locations in Edinburgh and Orkney, the film develops many of the same themes preoccupying Tait’s shorter films and poetry, such as the endurance of places and people over time and across generations.

This screening celebrates the centenary of Orcadian filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait, who was born on November the 11th, 1918.  The film will be introduced by writer, actor, director, Gerda Stevenson, who plays Greta in the film (a role for which she received a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Film Actress).