with intro by Dr. Sarah Neely

13:00 WED 14 NOV


Directed By: Margaret Tait

“I think that film is essentially a poetic medium, and although it can be put to all sorts of other – creditable and discreditable – uses, these are secondary.” – M.T.

Margaret Tait (1918-1999), stands out as one of Scotland’s most innovative and stridently independent filmmakers. Although her work was relatively unknown during her lifetime, recent years have heralded a more wide-spread acknowledgement of her significance across several areas of the arts in Scotland – film, art, poetry.  

This programme, part of a wider series of screenings and events marking the centenary of Tait’s birth, showcases the full breadth of work produced by this extraordinary filmmaker.  Drawn from over thirty short experimental films produced by Tait during her lifetime, this selection of films form part of the body of work Tait referred to as her ‘film poems’. Filmed across the two places Tait lived and worked for most of her life, Edinburgh and Orkney, Tait’s films capture the people and places she was familiar with. Celebrations of the everyday, the films approach their subjects with great intimacy, unravelling the mystery of the commonplace through details of the everyday often overlooked.  The programme includes: Three Portrait Sketches (1951), A Portrait of Ga (1952), Where I am is Here (1964), Aerial (1974), Colour Poems (1974), Tailpiece (1976).

This screening will be introduced by Dr Sarah Neely (University of Stirling), author of Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait.