'From Scotland With Love' to Screen at Hippodrome

The Hippodrome Bo’ness is to screen a wonderful compilation of films about Scotland and her people - 'From Scotland With Love' - with a personal introduction by the film’s director Virginia Heath.

Made entirely of films preserved by the Scottish Screen Archive, the 75-minute film is a look at ourselves in our past and covers heavy industry and Scotland's proud shipbuilding past, the fishing industry, and contains moving passages dealing with war, urbanisation and emigration. These industrial sequences are punctuated with a joyful celebration of community, the love of a good night out and a holiday ‘doon the watter’.

Virginia Heath, Director says: "I wanted to make a film about ordinary people... A film from below, if you like, because obviously there's been a lot of stuff done showing all the castles and the kings' and queens' visits. But what really interested me was ordinary people's lives and the way people made things, were proud of making things, the sense of community."

The transcendent score by Scottish musician and composer King Creosote is a hymn to the ordinary people populating the screen.  Some long since dead, their names and identities largely forgotten, the peoples’ faces appear shimmering from the depth of the vaults to take a starring role in this celebration of Scotland.

Alison Strauss, Hippodrome Programmer says: “I had the privilege to see this film when it was premiered for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  The film and King Creosote’s score make for an extremely affecting journey into our collective past, moving through themes that will resonate universally with everyone… themes like work, play, love, loss, resistance and migration.”

‘From Scotland with Love’ screens at the Hippodrome Bo’ness on Saturday 8th November at 14:30, Sunday 9th November at 14:30 and Monday 10th November at 11:00.  The screening on Sunday 9th November at 14.30 will be preceded by an introduction from Virginia Heath and will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

Published on Thursday, 6th November 2014

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