Campbeltown Picture House

Campbeltown Picture House celebrated its 100th birthday on May 26th, with a gala performance of The Great Gatsby, a pipe band, and fireworks over the harbour. See my prequel to the event – I didn’t blog about it at the time. Here’s a BBC news report to make amends, filmed some time after.

Wee Picture House

Campbeltown’s art deco Picture House is celebrating its centenary this year. There’s to be a gala celebration on the 26th, with a screening of The Great Gatsby, a pipe band, and fireworks over the harbour. Which reminds me, I need to get a ticket.

There are cars parked in front every time I try to photograph the building. Very frustrating. So this morning I went out early and caught the car-free worm. And very tasty it was, too.

An earlier photo, with car, but better reflections.

We Are Northern Lights

We Are Northern Lights

I saw We Are Northern Lights at the Picture House on Friday. It’s a glorious, moving, funny celebration of Scottish identity, made by ordinary people filming their own lives, and edited into a seamless, flowing documentary by director Nick Higgins and the Northern Lights team. He was there at the Picture House for a Q&A afterwards.

This is Scotland’s “first ever mass participation film project,” in which over 1500 people from all over Scotland were either given video cameras and training, or produced footage on their own cameras, some of them smart phones. For three months in 2012, they filmed around the questions:

What Can You See?
What Do You Wish You Had Seen?
What Would You Like To See?

The result is 300 hours of footage, which had to be edited down to 98 minutes. With so many different voices and film-makers, you’d think the film would be a dog’s breakfast. In fact, it flows really well, and I got an exhilarating sense of the diversity of Scottish life. Scotland itself, the urban and rural landscape, features as an eloquent character in the backdrop to all these voices.

I urge you to see it if you can. Currently it’s on the Highlands & Islands tour until April 27, as well as going toe to toe with Iron Man at Cineworld. Here’s a trailer.