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First Reels 3: Sense of Place (N/C 15+)

17 March

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue GFT 2
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Details

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.

Given the freedom to fail, the First Reels filmmakers produced surprising, often lyrical work, with a strong grasp of geographic and social setting. Peter Mullan’s Close brings a blackly comic Grand-Guignol horror to the story of a paranoid new father driven over the edge. Chris Dooks and Alex Norris’ Beacons is a UK-wide travelogue, meditating on light and mortality, whilst David Cairns transports a Robert Louis Stevenson story to contemporary Edinburgh. Others explore superstition in Scotland’s fishing communities or capture the thrill of joyriding on the streets of Glasgow.

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Ruby

A story of unrequited love and the magic of the movies. Two lost souls trapped in the basement of a vast film studio. Thomas loves Ruby, Ruby just wants out.

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  • Director Rachel Seiffert
  • Duration 16m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1997
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Beacons

Moth experts, philosophers and lighting designers give view on light, enlightenment and the night, in this soundtrack-led documentary.

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  • Director Chris Dooks & Alex Norris
  • Duration 16m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1996
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The Fishmonger Scales and Other Red Herrings

Myth and superstition in Scotland's fishing communities.

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  • Director Kevin Cameron
  • Duration 8m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1997
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The Bottle Imp

A supernatural thriller based on the tale of 'The Bottle Imp' by Robert Louis Stevenson, now given a modern flavour and set in 1990s Edinburgh.

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  • Director David Cairns
  • Duration 15m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1992
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Serious Fun

Take a ride with a young joyrider - experience the same sounds, sights and conflicting emotions that he does as this film takes the viewer along for the ride.

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  • Director Michael Kelly
  • Duration 8m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1992
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Close

With his newborn child's future in mind, Vincent embarks on a psychotic mission of 'close cleaning'.

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  • Director Peter Mullan
  • Duration 17m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 1993
  • Duration 1h45m
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