New Scottish Documentary Season: Scotland on Screen
From 7 – 21 March, the Frontline Club and the Scottish Documentary Institute are teaming up to present New Scottish Documentary, a series showcasing some of the boldest and most innovative new works produced in Scotland. Featuring one screening per week, we’ll be celebrating the richness of Scottish nonfiction filmmaking, including discussions with veteran documentary-makers and up-and-coming directors to watch.
Scotland on Screen is an evening of short films produced with assistance from the Scottish Documentary Institute and showcasing the diverse beauty of the Scottish landscape, immersing viewers in breathtaking scenes and remarkable stories from communities across the country.
THE PERFECT FIT
Director: Tali Yankelevich
2011 / 10 min / United Kingdom
In a Scottish ballet shoe factory, a group of men demonstrate the labour of love involved in hand-crafting the perfect pair of shoes. The Perfect Fit looks at professional ballet through the eyes of a shoemaker who pounds his soul out making each pair perfect, trying to ease the burden on the dancers’ feet.
DIRECTED BY TWEEDIE
Director: Duncan Cowles
2011 / 17 min / United Kingdom
Making a film when you’re 87 is less than convenient. As granddad ‘Tweedie’ reluctantly takes up his new role as a filmmaker, we’re invited to examine the difficulties of communication between the generations, whilst exploring that unspoken contract that binds children to their grandparents.
Director: Rosie Reed Hillman
2014 / 14 min / United Kingdom
Morag is 86. She lives alone at the end of a track looking out to sea on her croft on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, with her three cats and twelve sheep. Morag was born in this house and has lived here her whole life, following five generations of the family who came before her. Cailleach is a portrait of Morag and her simple and peaceful life as she contemplates her next chapter – and shares her unique sense of independence and the connection she has to her wild island home.
Director: Jane McAllister
2013 / 29 min / United Kingdom
An intimate insight into the busiest Register House in Scotland. Life, death and love pause and flow through marbled halls and infinite paperwork. Dedicated staff transition from grief to joy throughout the day as the people’s stories resonate with their own lives.
Director: Paul Fegan
2012 / 17 min / United Kingdom
A modern day story of undying commitment, rivalry, family and friendship interwoven by an underground and idiosyncratic Scottish sport. Rab and Danny, rivals for over 25 years with huge pride at stake, battle it out on the wing to become the reigning ‘Doo Fleein’ (pigeon flying) champion.