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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 

Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries, Tuesday 21 January, 7pm

Glasgow Women's Library, Thursday 20 February, 5.30pm

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

Heart of Hawick, Hawick Date TBC https://www.liveborders.org.uk/play/heart-of-hawick/

The Devil's Porridge Museum 
Eastriggs Date TBC https://www.devilsporridge.org.uk/

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Date TBC https://www.birkscinema.co.uk/

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 

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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