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Scotland Calling: At the Empire Exhibition 1938

Synopsis
A 2-DVD compilation of films made at and for the Empire Exhibition of 1938, which was held in Glasgow.

DVD 1: Seven films made under the direction of John Grierson to spotlight Scotland:
FACE OF SCOTLAND: About the character of the Scottish people. With the voice of John Grierson as John Knox. Directed by Basil Wright.
WEALTH OF A NATION: A comparison of old and new industries of Scotland, including railways, shipyards, chemical and iron works.
SCOTLAND FOR FITNESS: Made to encourage a healthier population, with an emphasis on outdoor activities.
THEY MADE THE LAND: The struggle to live from the land and reclaim it from the elements.
SEA FOOD: The story of herring drifters, lobster creels and the Marine Laboratory’s role in monitoring stocks.
THE CHILDREN’S STORY: Scottish children at play and in school. Includes a BBC schools radio broadcast.
SPORT IN SCOTLAND: On the grouse moor, at the Highland games or at the 1937 Scottish Cup Final, this film shows the importance of sport to the Scots.
Running time: 1 hr 39 mins b/w.

DVD 2: A collection of amateur films, some in colour, recording the progress and construction of the Exhibition with early home movies shot by cine enthusiasts recording their families’ days out at the Exhibition. Includes the visit of the King and Queen, the grand pavilions, the innovative dancing waters, the funfair and the Clachan. NB due to the nature of this amateur footage, some of it shot on 9.5mm film, the picture quality and stability of the image may vary. Music composed and played by Mike Nolan.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1938
Subjects
Geography; History
Keywords
childhood; exhibitions; fishing industries; health education; industrial development; Scotland; social geography; social history; sport; agricultural history

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Price
£18.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
154 minutes
Year
2008

Sections

Title
Face of Scotland

Title
Wealth of a Nation

Title
Scotland for Fitness

Title
They made the Land

Title
Sea Food

Title
Children’s Story, The

Title
Sport in Scotland

Production Company

Name

Films of Scotland

Distributor

Name

Panamint Cinema

Email
cinema@panamint.co.uk
Web
http://www.panamint.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01505 834936
Address
Abercorn Schoolhouse
Whitequarries
Broxburn
West Lothian, Scotland
EH52 6PZ

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