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The Magic Lantern Returns (N/C 15+)

17 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


For one night only, we’re reforming The Magic Lantern, an eclectic short film showcase which took place at CCA and Stills Gallery in Edinburgh from 2006 to 2010, sowing the seeds of Glasgow Short Film Festival. Featuring a series of our favourite films from The Magic Lantern archives, along with some more recent discoveries, the programme will encompass classic and contemporary shorts from the silly to the surreal to the sublime, with an emphasis on women filmmakers. Presented by Rosie Crerar and Penelope Bartlett.

Learn more about the programme on our blog.

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An Exercise In Discipline: Peel

After throwing his orange peel out of the car window, a boy is kicked out of the car by his father, and forced to pick up every piece.

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  • Director Jane Campion
  • Country Australia
  • Year 1986
  • Duration 9 min
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The Amateurist

A 'professional' woman monitors an 'amateur' woman via video surveillance, as she has for the last four and a half years. She has never had direct contact with the amateur, but creates a sense of communion through numbers, knobs and careful language.

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  • Director Miranda July
  • Country USA
  • Year 1998
  • Duration 14 min
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Young Lilly is going to get her ears pierced. A quarrel between her parents overwhelms the situation and directs it differently.

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  • Director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
  • Country USA
  • Year 2013
  • Duration 21 min
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A Portrait of Ga

An early experiment in portraiture from Tait. In filming her mother she asks the wider question of how much the camera can reveal of the person.

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  • Director Margaret Tait
  • Country UK
  • Year 1952
  • Duration 5
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An alternative history of the 1960s space race. It's the night of the moon landing and as America prepares to launch Apollo 11, a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat them to the moon.

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  • Director Frances Bodomo
  • Country USA
  • Year 2014
  • Duration 14 min
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A local council worker inspects three homes.

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  • Director Morag McKinnon
  • Country UK
  • Year 1998
  • Duration 11 min
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Running time 1h30m
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