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First Reels 1: Dreamers (N/C 15+)

16 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue GFT 2
Location of GFT 2


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.

In the very auditorium where many of these films were first projected, this programme presents a Scottish cinema that is quite unlike the social realism that has dominated short film production in the last two decades. Sadomasochism, dreams of a distant home and sexual fantasy are touched on in films by Ewan Morrison, Travis Reeves and Hannah Robinson. A sculptor’s block rebels in Duncan Nicholl’s Block, and we end with David Mackenzie’s epic Edinburgh-set film noir Dirty Diamonds.

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Sad to Say but Sammy is Dead

A little girl carries a shoebox to school ready for show-and-tell session at school, and has nightmares about a dead bird she finds in the garden.

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  • Director Travis Reeves
  • Duration 12m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1996
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A darkly humorous look at the relationship between a sculptor and his creative block.

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  • Director Duncan Nicoll
  • Duration 7m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1995
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The Contract

A man obsessed with the novel Venus in Furs puts himself in the care of a female psychiatrist and begs her to abuse him in order to cure him of his fantasies.

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  • Director Ewan Morrison
  • Duration 26m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1994
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A couple on a busy train engage in full sex before fellow passengers who ignore them. However, when the couple smoke a post-coital cigarette, the other passengers call a guard.

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  • Director Hannah Robinson
  • Duration 11m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1993
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Dirty Diamonds

A film noir pastiche shot in black and white on the genteel streets of Edinburgh.

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  • Director David Mackenzie
  • Duration 25m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1992
  • Duration 1h45m
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