Highlands celebration of film
I was born a Highlander and I love that fact, and I'm very proud of it, so news that the local Filmhouse cinema is running films that are set in and around the Highlands is superb news.
The screenings are to celebrate the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations this year and will include the superb Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle (Filmstalker review).
The short season opens with The Rockets Post (2004), based on the true story of German rocket scientist Gerhard Zucker who was employed by the British in 1936 to link a remote Scottish community to the mainland by a rocket post service. It also includes The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Olive (first broadcast by the BBC in 1974), David McDonald’s The Brothers (1947) which will be screened with the short West Highland (1960), Michael Powell’s The Edge of the World (1937) as well as I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) by Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
How could there not be Whisky Galore! (1949), Vincente Minnelli’s Brigadoon (1954), however horribly you may view it, and The Wicker Man (1973)? Well there is, so you'll heave a sigh of relief on that score.
The screening of Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle (Filmstalker review) will be introduced by Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and writer and storyteller Martin MacIntyre, followed by a live storytelling performance drawing on some of the extraordinary Highland tales featured in the film. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the role of Highland oral traditions within Seachd, and the contemporary relevance of Gaelic language and culture.
Now that alone sounds worth heading over to see. You can catch the short season over at the Filmhouse from December 26th until January, well worth catching some of these classic films.