Margaret Tait

Margaret Tait

Buy tickets for our centenary celebration Rhythm and Poetry: The films of Margaret Tait 

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"The kind of cinema I care about is at the level of poetry - in fact - it has been in a way my life's work making film poems."

Margaret Tait

Born on Armistice Day 1918 on Orkney, Margaret Tait went to school (and university) in Edinburgh, but always returned to the family home in Kirkwall. After service as a doctor in World War Two, she studied film at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. Returning to Scotland in the early 1950s she made over 30 distinctive films, most self-funded and shot on 16mm. In her 70s she made her only feature, Blue Black Permanent (produced by the BFI), the first by a woman in Scotland. She often quoted García Lorca’s phrase ‘stalking the image’ to define her philosophy and method – the idea that if you look at an object close enough it will speak its nature. On her centenary, we offer you the chance to discover and enjoy Tait’s unique mix of image, sound, rhythm and poetry.

Peter Todd