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First Reels 2: Scottish Women Filmmakers in the 1990s (N/C 15+)

16 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue CCA Theatre
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First Reels (1991–1999) was the first of the short film production schemes introduced by the Scottish Film Council (later Scottish Screen), in partnership with Scottish Television. It was launched with the aim of giving aspiring filmmakers the means to embark on – or complete – their first project. Whilst giving talents such as David Mackenzie and Peter Mullan their first break, the scheme was remarkable for its inclusivity. A diverse range of applicants were given small grants and the freedom to experiment in all genres and forms of filmmaking. STV produced three half hour broadcast documentaries each year, showcasing the work to a wide public. GSFF is delighted to bring some of the 130+ films produced through the scheme back to the big screen, most of them for the first time in over twenty years.

At least a third of the films produced through First Reels were directed by women, whether fiction, documentary, animation, artists’ moving image or community projects. Some have continued to work in the industry whilst others have moved away from filmmaking altogether. This programme draws together some of the lesser known and more experimental works, addressing subjects as diverse as Malcolm X, superstition, breasts and west of Scotland identities.

This event is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Women’s Histories. Hosted by Femspectives.

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A Currency for the Superstitious

Exploring the power of our belief systems to support our desires and aspirations, even to bring back the dead.

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  • Director Gillian Steel
  • Duration 6m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1995
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The greyhound, the pigeon and the Protestant Orange Order. A woman walks through a surreal Scottish landscape and challenges sexual stereotypes along the way.

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  • Director Sharon Kerr
  • Duration 10m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1994
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The people on Rothesay seafront as a microcosm of Scotland.

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  • Director Emma Davie
  • Duration 20m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1995
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How the female bust is perceived by women and society at large, exploring women's experiences of their breasts - from sexual objects through to feeding babies, from teenage years to motherhood.

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  • Director Suzanne Morrow
  • Duration 9m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1993
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Eagle Eye

Made after a trip to celebrate the Day of the Dead, McIntosh worked with a graphic designer to make a moving image version of a poem written in Mexico.

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  • Director Mandy McIntosh
  • Duration 11m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1997
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Ship of Fools

Based on the Hieronymus Bosch painting, a moral tale of mankind drifting aimlessly on a ship on the seas of time and not achieving their potential through the tale of the jester.

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  • Director Leonie MacMillan
  • Duration 5m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1993
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The X in Scotland (U)

The importance of Malcolm X to today's African and Asian Scots, and the issue of race within Scotland.

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  • Director Lucy Enfield
  • Duration 10m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1993
  • Certificate U
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Mirror, Mirror

An insight into what goes on in the ladies loos of a nightclub as seen by the mirror on the wall.

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  • Director Wendy Griffin
  • Duration 10m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1996
  • Duration 1h45m
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