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BFI Britain on Film: Made in My Toun

From March 2015 - April 2016, Film Hub Scotland worked with Creative Producer and Curator Shona Thomson (A Kind of Seeing) to deliver Made in My Toun, a Scotland wide tour of archive film screenings and Q&As exploring what our towns and cities mean to us today.

The tour was part of BFI Britain on Film, a major archive film project which aimed to unlock the hidden stories of the UK film history. Each screening of the nine-date tour featured a unique, specially curated selection of rare films from the National library of Scotland Moving Image Archive about the town where the screening took place. These screenings were followed by post screening “blether “ with local special guests, such as historians, filmmakers and academics who encouraged the audiences to engage with the films and reflect on their own relationships to their urban spaces.

There were 15 films screened as part of Made in My Toun, including one of the 1938 Empire Exhibition films made under the supervision of John Grierson and a wide range of sponsored films supported by the Films of Scotland Committee, such as Silver City, Livingston - A Plan for Living and Ayr from the Auld Brig.

Made in My Toun toured to:

-       MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling

-       Inverness Film Festival, Eden Court

-       Dundee Contemporary Arts

-       Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen

-       The New Picturehouse, St Andrews

-       Waterfront Cinema, Greenock

-       Howden Park Centre, Livingston

-       Ayr Film Society, Ayr Town Hall

-       University of West Scotland, Paisley

The tour proved to be hugely popular, with final audience figures reaching nearly 900 people, twice as many as originally predicted, with 82% of audience members visiting these venues for the first time. 

Audience members commented:

"Films were very well presented, hope to see more in the future."

"Incredibly informative, making you aware of your local and national heritage. Encouraged to see large local audience. Prompts discussion and nostalgia."

"I really enjoyed seeing the historical films of Scotland. I find them very interesting and informative."

"I would suggest that this highly valuable archive material is shown in state schools; children should see these films and be encouraged to discuss."

"The films were exciting and beautiful. Wonderful. Want to see more of these films."

Find out more about BFI Britain on Film here.

Find out more about A Kind of Seeing here.

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