Port Ellen // 21 September
Enjoy a road trip round Islay 50 years ago, complete with the great mailboat MV Lochiel…
Made on Our Land: Port Ellen is a screening of rare films from the archives exploring the rural lives and landscapes of Scotland and Islay, followed by a panel discussion – or ‘blether’ – with specialists in local history and archives about the films being screened and the roots of our strong tradition of rural cinemagoing.
As well as national films including a post-war plea to dissuade Highlanders planning to emigrate to the city, the programme features holidaymakers capturing the beauty of Islay’s villages, scenery and distilleries in the 1960s and 1970s.
On tour from the Outer Hebrides to the Scottish Borders, Made on Our Land is part of the BFI Britain on Film project: making thousands of newly digitised film and TV titles from archives across the UK available to view online. Join curator Shona Thomson as she unearths some celluloid gems from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. Event duration: 90 mins approx.