Seaward the Great Ships (1961)
Dir. Hilary Harris
Based on a treatment by John Grierson, this documentary about
Glasgow’s seafaring tradition, directed by New Yorker Hilary
Harris, won Scotland its first Oscar for best short film (live
action) in 1961.
Silent Scream (1990)
Dir. David Hayman
The true story of Larry Winters, a Scot sentenced to life for
the killing of a Soho barman, which gets under his skin and
inside a mind scrambled by drugs. Won Iain Glen a best actor
award at the Berlin Film Festival.
Dir. Gillies MacKinnon
This rites of passage journey, set in 1968 Glasgow, directed
by Gillies MacKinnon and co-written by his brother Billy, follows
three brothers (JS Duffy, Joseph McFadden and Iain Robertson)
as they make decisions about where their loyalties and ambitions
lie in between relationships, peer pressure and tribal warfare.
MacKinnon always has been regarded as a masterful director of
actors, and none more so than here. His portrait is uncompromising,
honest, and above all invested with a questing intelligence.
The Spy in Black (1939)
Dir: Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell
The first collaboration from the legendary tandem of Pressburger
and Powell -- a spy melodrama set in Orkney and featuring Conrad
Veidt as a naval captain trying to make contact with a German
agent. Valerie Hobson shimmers her way into the equation as
the femme fatale.
Does Tricks (1996)
Dir. Coke Giedroye
A tough and gritty exploration of a girl drawn into prostitution
in London to escape her Glaswegian background. Written by acclaimed
author A L Kennedy, the script provocatively plays with the
humour and tragedy of the situation. Kelly McDonald confirms
her position as one of Scotland’s brightest acting talents.
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