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This haunting and magical film moves between Edinburgh and Orkney as it tells of a woman’s attempts to come to terms with her mother’s death through her childhood memories. Margaret Tait’s only feature-length film was the first Scottish feature film directed by a woman.

This haunting and magical film moves between Edinburgh and Orkney as it tells of a woman’s attempts to come to terms with her mother’s death through her childhood memories. Margaret Tait’s only feature-length film was the first Scottish feature film directed by a woman.

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This haunting and magical film moves between Edinburgh and Orkney as it tells of a woman’s attempts to come to terms with her mother’s death through her childhood memories. Filled with flashbacks and dream sequences, it’s also a film about islanders’ relationship with the ever-present sea.

Margaret Tait’s only feature-length film, from her own screenplay, was produced by the BFI in 1992 and was the first Scottish feature film directed by a woman. Now newly remastered in 2K and available on DVD and Blu-ray for the very first time.

This haunting and magical film moves between Edinburgh and Orkney as it tells of a woman’s attempts to come to terms with her mother’s death through her childhood memories. Filled with flashbacks and dream sequences, it’s also a film about islanders’ relationship with the ever-present sea.

Margaret Tait’s only feature-length film, from her own screenplay, was produced by the BFI in 1992 and was the first Scottish feature film directed by a woman. Now newly remastered in 2K and available on DVD and Blu-ray for the very first time.

Extras

  • Film poems – the work of filmmaker Margaret Tait (2018, 31 mins): BFI curator Peter Todd welcomes academic Lucy Reynolds and writers So Mayer and Anna Coatman to talk about the work, rhythm and poetry of film poet Margaret Tait
  • Margaret Tait Film Maker (1983, 34 mins): Arts Council England film featuring the only filmed interview with Margaret Tait
  • A Portrait of Ga (1952, 5 mins): Margaret Tait's hypnotic and deeply personal short documentary by about her mother. Made in Orkney shortly after Tait returned home from Rome in 1952
  • The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo (1955, 7 mins): Tait's entrancing interpretation of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem
  • Rose Street (1956, 20 mins): Tait's 1956 film about the Edinburgh street that runs parallel to Prince's Street
  • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing by So Mayer, Peter Todd, Gerda Stevenson and Sarah Neely and full film credits

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SKU 5035673013366
Catalogue Number BFIB1336
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1992
Director Margaret Tait
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Colour Colour
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 86 min
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG

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