TALKS

RAYMOND BESANT Illustrated Talk

19:00 FRI 02 NOV
GRAEMSAY COMMUNITY HALL

19:45 FRI 09 NOV
WEST SIDE CINEMA

FREE ENTRANCE

120 MINS

Wolves at 16,000ft, Hyenas under lighting storms and sparring jungle Elephants. Join Orcadian wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant for an evening of ‘behind the scene’ stories on what it takes to make wildlife documentaries.


BLUE BLACK PERMANENT (PG)

14:00 SUN 11 NOV

THE GABLE END THEATRE

Introduced by lead actor Gerda Stevenson

Blue Black Permanent was Tait’s only feature and one of the last films she made. 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.


FOR MARGARET

19:30 SUN 11 NOV

PIER ARTS CENTRE

FREE

An evening celebration on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Margret Tait’s birth. A selection of poems read by those who knew her and/or were inspired by her work, plus a selection of films chosen by Peter Todd. The programme will include: Garden Pieces(1998), Colour Poems (1974), Three Portrait Sketches (1951) and My Room (1951).


NAE PASARAN (12A) (with Director Q & A)

19:30 MON 12 NOV

THE PHOENIX CINEMA

Director Felipe Bustos Sierra will attend for a Q&A after the evening screening of the film.

In a Scottish town in 1974, factory workers refuse to carry out repairs on warplane engines in an act of solidarity against the violent military coup and fascist dictatorship in Chile. Four years pass before the engines, left to rust in factory yard, mysteriously disappear in the middle of the night…

British documentary, nominated for the Best Director and Best Feature Film BAFTA Scotland Awards.

 


MARGARET TAIT: FILM POET

14:00 WED 14 NOV

THE GABLE END THEATRE

Introduced by Dr Sarah Neely

Film Poet showcases the full breadth of work produced by Tait. 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.