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Scottish Animation: Abstraction & Experimentation (N/C 12+)

20 November

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue CCA Cinema
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Please note that this screening takes place at the CCA, not GFT.

Curated for Anim18 - a UK-wide celebration of British animation - by Ross Hogg, and marking the centenary of Orcadian filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait, this programme showcases Scottish animations that play with the form and structure of filmmaking. Story is not the driving force. Instead, we are treated to a series of visual delights where subtlety can be just as effective as the lushest of imagery. Dating from the 1970s, two works of Tait's direct animation - in which she painted directly onto frames of celluloid - evoke traditional Highland dances. This focus on the more visceral aspects of filmmaking - movement, timing, colour and sound - is echoed in works by Donald Holwill, Lesley Keen, Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson, each handling an oblique and abstract approach to animation.

Tickets £4/£2.50 concessions.

Selected by animator Ross Hogg as part of Anim18: A Celebration of British Animation. Ross will conduct a short Q&A with some of the filmmakers after the screening.

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A cartoon hand with outstretched finger repeatedly switches a household lightswitch on and off, only when the lights go out the whole image disappears.

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  • Director David Shrigley
  • Duration 1m28
  • Year 2009
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Painted Eightsome

Eights of different things - figures, antlers, or sometimes just blobs in tartan colours - dance their way through the figure of the reel.

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  • Director Margaret Tait
  • Duration 6m16
  • Year 1970
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A conversation between an animator and a composer, that maps line, colour and texture visually and sonically.

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  • Director Robert Duncan
  • Duration 4m10
  • Year 2016


An animated film that turns the viewer into a floating voyeur, snatching brief but compelling glimpses of peoples’ private worlds beyond the window frame.

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  • Director Anwyn Beier
  • Duration 3m14
  • Year 2002
Image for Navigations


Navigations is a project about the brain, cancer, and the approaches of medical science and art to how we understand the impact of terminal illness.

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  • Director Iain Gardner
  • Duration 3m34
  • Year 2015
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Taking a Line for a Walk

A homage to the work of the Swiss painter Paul Klee. An exploration and an expansion of the ideas of Paul Klee on colour and movement.

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  • Director Lesley Keen
  • Duration 10m40
  • Year 1983
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  • Director Patrick Jameson
  • Duration 2m03
  • Year 2006
Image for Sleep


A flat cartoon of a man asleep is synced with the soundtrack of someone sleeping, He fidgets, twitches, grimaces and paws at the cloth of his bedspread. Sleep, suggests Shrigley, and the world of dreams, of the unconscious – perhaps the only place where we do 'transcend' ourselves (although we cannot ever witness it) – is not so peaceful after all.

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  • Director David Shrigley
  • Duration 8m01
  • Year 2009
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Fugitive Images

A very brief animated dribble of consciousness, the product of an absent mind and a semi-autonomous drawing hand. Warning - there are knives.

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  • Director Donald Holwill
  • Duration 1m07
  • Year 2014


A kaleidoscopic journey through type and types, pointing this way and that, and forever unfolding through a variety of lenses and perspectives.

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  • Director Cameron Duguid
  • Duration 6m11
  • Year 2001
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Sleep Vessel

Sleep Vessel attempts to explore and understand the three core processes of memory (encoding, storage and retrieval) by way of hand drawn animation. Abstracted constructs, reassembled from ‘automatic drawings’ created before and after sleep, take form as separate parts – evolving from one state to another.

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  • Director Ben Skea
  • Duration 2m43
  • Year 2013
Image for Scribbledub


A film conversation using 16mm film and a projector, with both the sound and image being created by painting and scratching directly on to 16mm film stock. 'Scribbledub' explores the dependent relationship between image and sound - the 'scribble' creates the 'dub', the 'dub' informs the 'scribble'.

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  • Director Ross Hogg
  • Duration 3m
  • Year 2014
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Joaquin Phoenix & David Letterman

A typographic exploration of an awkward 2008 interview between Phoenix and Letterman, one of the most important turning points in the wider narrative of Phoenix's hoax retirement from acting.

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  • Director Brendan Bennett
  • Duration 7m53
  • Year 2011
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Headless Drummer

The headless drummer is bashing away at his high-hat – is he lost in music, mindless, a decapitated slave to the rhythm?

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  • Director David Shrigley
  • Duration 1m02
  • Year 2012
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John MacFadyen

Brightly coloured animated figures dance to the traditional tune 'John MacFadyen', as played by the Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society.

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  • Director Margaret Tait
  • Duration 3m30
  • Year 1970
Image for Digital/ANALOGUE


Since the introduction of digital technology the relationship between camera and photographer has altered dramatically. Speed and accessibility have come at the expense of mystery, intimacy and tactility - qualities exclusive to analogue photography.

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  • Director Lu Sisi
  • Duration 2m36
  • Year 2010
Image for Timeless


Through stop motion and in a masterly, almost poetic way, the director shows an immortal passage of time using a piece of the mechanism of a clock, a light table and a camera.

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  • Director Ainslie Henderson
  • Duration 5m14
  • Year 2015
  • Certificate N/C 12+
  • Running time 1h30m
  • Country UK
  • Year 1970-2016
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