2014 was a big year for Scotland with questions of Scottish history, culture and identity looming large in many peoples’ minds. 'To See Oursels' offered audiences an entertaining and stimulating opportunity tae think again about such matters. A diverse range of classic Scottish film and television drama screenings, programme notes, expert introductions and panel discussions shone a spotlight on some of the key ways, both past and present, in which Scotland has understood itself – and in which the wider world has understood the Scots.
What better way to warm up for the referendum than a season of films exploring, if not shaping, Scottish identity?
Scottish Film teamed up with Dr Jonny Murray, an expert in Scottish Cinema, to produce thought-provoking touring film season ‘To See Oursels’.
29 screenings of 7 films and tv programmes were held in 6 venues covering the length and breadth of Scotland in August and September 2014, in the run up to the Scottish referendum on independence.
21 of the screenings were accompanied by an introduction, Q&A or panel discussion. 15 special guests took part in the season including Bill Forsyth, director of Local Hero, John Byrne, writer of Your Cheatin’ Heart, Bill Paterson, actor in The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, and King Creosote, composer of the From Scotland with Love soundtrack.
6 specially commissioned programme notes, written by Dr Jonny Murray author of The New Scottish Cinema, were made available to audiences in cinemas and online via venues’ websites.
There were 3,049 admissions across 29 screenings, an average of 105 admissions per screening.
The target for this season was 1,450 admissions, so we received over 50% more admissions than expected.
11 screenings sold out (90% or above capacity), and due to popularity Glasgow Film Theatre hosted an extra screening of The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil and two screenings at Filmhouse had to be moved to a larger screen.
Brilliant screening of ‘From Scotland with Love’ tonight at Abz Belmont with @virginiaheath and @kingcreosote. Can’t stop thinking about it. @MarkNotRoss
Bill Forsyth and Local Hero dazzling @DCADundee tonight – thank you for showing this film – great couple of hours @KenCreelman
Film Hub Scotland
Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen
Dundee Contemporary Arts
Eden Court, Inverness
Glasgow Film Theatre
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries