Film Arts

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (15)

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One of the most important statements on what it means to live in a modern Scotland. Following the remarkable popular success of playwright John McGrath’s touring production of the same name, this 1974 television film surveys two centuries of Scottish history from the Battle of Culloden and the brutal evictions of the Highland crofters by landowners to make way for the more economically viable Cheviot sheep in the 18th century, to the development of stag hunts in Highland game parks in the 19th century and finally the exploitation of resources during the oil boom of the 1970's. Questions about a small nation’s ability to resist exploitation have rarely been asked with such passion, historical insight and dramatic skill.

“Arguably the single most important show in the whole history of Scottish theatre: important not only because of its angry, hilarious, brilliantly-researched political content, still almost frighteningly relevant today, but because its ceilidh form, and its passionate commitment to touring to communities…, galvanised an irreversible change in what Scotland thought theatre was, what it could do, and who its audience might be” The Scotsman

Screening courtesy of the BBC and British Film Institute National Archive. Audience Programme notes courtesy Film Hub Scotland

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