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Her Century: Scotland's Women on Film


We've partnered with the National Library of Scotland to produce a new Archive Moving Image Programme for Scotland: Her Century. The tour will visit cinemas and venues all over Scotland, with talks and a newly commissioned zine to accompany the films. 

Scotland’s women lived through major social change in the twentieth century, challenging their roles in society and fighting for equality: at work and at home, classroom to croft, girlhood to motherhood. We invite you to discover their stories and hear their voices in Her Century, a timely collection of archive film curated by the National Library of Scotland. These films are screened together for the first time in a touring programme full of contemporary relevance and guaranteed to spark debate and discussion, with a dose of laughter and nostalgia.

Featuring work from Scottish female filmmakers including Sarah Erulkar, Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper and Jenny Gilbertson, these rarely-seen films follow women’s histories through 100 years of filmmaking in Scotland.

Highlights include:

  • Male and Female (1980, dir. Sarah Erulkar) – a public health film for teenagers discussing gender roles.
  • Herring Harvest at Yarmouth (1910c) – an early film showing the ‘Scotch lassies’ at work in Yarmouth, some 600 miles from home.

  • A Day in the Home (1951) – an educational film for domestic science pupils about the role of the housewife and mother.

Shona Thomson of A Kind of Seeing is providing programming and event support to venues, and Neil Hepburn has created a marketing pack to support venues with promoting their screenings.

The Zine
We commissioned four Scottish writers - Katie Skinner, Mel Reeve, and Girlhood Gang's Amanda Ptolemy and Hannah Walters - to respond to the Her Century programme and reflect on their own relationship(s) with the subjects of the films, as well as their own families and experiences. You can read the Zine here.

Upcoming Screenings 

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

Saturday 7th March, 8pm (Screening with SHEXTREME) 
Tuesday 10th March, 5pm (Screening with LITTLE WOMEN) 
Wednesday 11 March, 8pm (Screening with BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ)

Heart of Hawick Sunday 8th March, 12pm https://uk.patronbase.com/_HeartOfHawick/Productions/F940/Performances

Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries Sunday 8th March, 2pm (With post-screening facilitated by artist and researcher Dr T S Beall) http://rbcft.co.uk/films-showing/march.html#Her%20Century

Number 18 / Healthy n Happy, Rutherglen Sunday 8th March 4.30pm, https://www.number18venue.org.uk/timetable

Oban Phoenix Sunday 8th March, 6.30pm https://www.obanphoenix.com/movie/her-century-int-womens-day

Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre Peebles, Sunday 8th March, 7.30pm https://eastgatearts.com/events/her-century-scottish-women-on-film

Lyth Arts Centre Sunday 8th March, 8pm https://lytharts.org.uk/event/her-century

Inverclyde Film Festival at Waterfront Cinema, Greenock Saturday 14th March, 12pmhttp://www.waterfrontcinema.co.uk/inverclydefilmfestival/

Her Century Exhibition at the National Library of Scotland Exhibition Space, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Friday 5 June 2020 – Saturday 29 August 2020

More tour dates are being planned across the country from Dumfries to Caithness, so keep up to date here or by following #HerCentury

Previous Screenings 

Glasgow Women's Library Thursday 20 February, 5.30pm

The Byre Theatre St Andrews, Thursday 5 March, 10.30am

Cinemor77 Yurt: 
Jupiter Rising Festival 23/24 Aug
Nairn Book Festival Sun 15 Sept, 12pm

Sea Change Film Festival, Isle of Tiree Sun 22 September, 5pm

Zine Launch as part of Central Scotland Documentary Festival: Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling Sun 13 October, 1:30pm
Join us for a screening of the full Her Century programme followed by the launch of a newly-comissioned zine, featuring contributions from local Stirling writer Katie Skinner, archivist Mel Reeve and The Girlhood Gang – a group of feminist social scientists exploring the experiences, identities and perspectives of young women and girls. Everyone will then be welcome to join in the festival’s annual ‘Potluck Social’ sharing lunch at the Macrobert.

Glasgow Film Theatre with introduction from Girlhood Gang Tuesday 15 October, 6:15pm 

Dunoon Film Festival Sunday 10 November, 3:30pm 

Hippodrome, Bo'ness Thursday 21 November, 7:30pm
Screening will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A chaired by award winning journalist, commentator and broadcaster, Lesley Riddoch. Tickets will be on sale soon!

Cromarty Film Festival, Saturday 7 December, time TBC 

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