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Margaret Tait: Blue Black Permanent (PG)

16 February

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Preceded by a screening of Margaret Raspé's short film Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow – Let Them Swing (Germany 1974, 20m).

In conjunction with the screening of her 2016 Margaret Tait Award film, artist Kate Davis will present a screening of Margaret Tait’s Blue Black Permanent, a film that informed her new work. Margaret Tait’s sole feature film, Blue Black Permanent sits as the Orcadian film-poet’s only attempt to move from her celebrated abstract and allusive shorter works into longer narratives. Employing a complex ‘Russian Doll’ narrative, the film spans three generations of an Orcadian family. As the protagonist Barbara attempts to understand her past, the film flashes back to her mother Greta and grandmother Mary. The film demonstrates Tait’s interest in natural cycles and can be seen to have autobiographical elements through the central character’s interest in poetry and film. 

Following the screening there will be the launch of Sarah Neely's new book 'Margaret Tait: Between Categories' in CCA Clubroom. This event will feature a Q&A with Neely and Gerda Stevenson, the actress who plays the central character in Blue Black Permanent.

A work of extraordinary emotion… A film that strikes deep chords.

Time Out
  • Director Margaret Tait
  • Cast Celia Imrie, Gerda Stevenson, Liz Robertson
  • Certificate PG
  • Running time 1h26m
  • Country UK
  • Language English
  • Year of production 1992
  • Thanks to BFI / LUX Scotland
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