A Kind of seeing presents Made by the Sea: Ullapool, Tobermory and Castlebay

Regional Screen Scotland is delighted to be supporting Made by the Sea, which Screen Machine audiences can enjoy in:

Ullapool – 5.30pm on Tuesday 11 July
Tobermory – 5.30pm on Tuesday 1 August
Castlebay – 5.30pm on Wednesday 13 September

Tickets are on sale now. Full details about this exciting project are below.

Made by the Sea

25 June – 13 September 2017

Live archive cinema tour visits coastal communities from Ullapool to the Isle of Barra
presenting little-seen gems of Scottish life on our coast and seas

Each screening will feature a unique post-film blether with local historians and
special guests, encouraging the audience to share their own memories

Scotland’s coastal communities will take a starring role in the latest outing of A Kind of
Seeing’s hugely popular touring programme: Made by the Sea. The tour is supported as
part of the BFI’s ‘Britain on Film’ UK-wide project through Film Hub Scotland and the BFI
Film Audience Network using funds from the National Lottery.

From high drama on the fishing boats to popular seaside destinations, the sea has an
important part to play in Scotland’s national moving image collection. Featuring archive films
from as early as 1908 on the big screen, the Made by the Sea tour opens with a live
screening event at Portsoy Salmon Bothy as part of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival on
Sunday 25th June before travelling to five seaside venues across Scotland during the
Summer: Ullapool, Tobermory, Johnshaven (as part of the Johnshaven Fish Festival),
Thurso, and Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.

Each screening on the tour is a chance to experience unusual films local to each location
alongside rarely-seen gems from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive
and the archives of STV and the RNLI. Highlights will include a wonderful record of village
life in 1950s Portsoy, Cullen and Aberchirder filmed by local cinema manager William
Davidson; the impact of the Eastern European ‘Klondyker’ factory ships in 1980s Ullapool; a
vintage tourist’s guide to beautiful Tobermory; King George VI’s Coronation celebrations in
Laurencekirk; footage of the 1953 Thurso Gala Week with live musical accompaniment; and
a 1920s song-hunter on the Isle of Barra.

Curated and hosted by Shona Thomson, each event will offer the opportunity for an informal
post-screening blether with local historians and special guests connected to the films.

Made by the Sea curator and tour producer, Shona Thomson of A Kind of Seeing said:
“I’m excited to be out on the road again showing archive films in coastal communities where
the footage was originally shot and is still relevant today. From warships sailing into 1950s
Ullapool to the important work of the RNLI lifeboats in the treacherous Pentland Firth,
portrayals of life on and near the sea have often been dramatic. But Made by the Sea
audiences can expect the lighter side too, with fabulous seaside holidays on the West coast
and television’s legendary wanderer Tom Weir exploring the island of Vatersay near Barra.”
Following the success of the 2016 rural tour Made on Our Land, A Kind of Seeing is again
partnering with Regional Screen Scotland to present three of the Made by the Sea
screenings in the newly-refurbished Screen Machine, Scotland’s mobile cinema in the
Highlands and Islands.

Made by the Sea takes place in partnership with the BFI’s ‘Britain on Film’ project to launch
Britain on Film, Coast and Sea, an online collection of newly digitised archive films drawn
from the BFI National Archive, and the UK’s Regional and National Film Archives. Available
mostly for free on BFI Player and accessible to search via an interactive map, ‘Britain on
Film’ is a major project that reveals new and unseen stories of our lives through the history
of film.

By unlocking the UK’s film and TV history, much of it previously unseen, ‘Britain on Film’
Coast and Sea collection of over 600 film titles nationwide opens up local histories and
provides unprecedented online access to discover, explore and engage with our shared
screen heritage.

Headed up by Film Hub Central East, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, and led by
Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, ‘Britain on Film’ Coast & Sea screening events are
intended to encourage audiences to explore a range of rich archive film content across
Britain which provides such a fascinating insight into our national and regional diversity.

Media Details
For interviews, images and tickets please contact Ruth Marsh on 07824468396 /
ruth.marshpr@gmail.com

Listings Info
Made By The Sea
PORTSOY – 11:00, Sunday 25 June, Salmon Bothy Portsoy
Part of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.
JOHNSHAVEN – PM, Sunday 6 July, Johnshaven Village Hall
Part of the Johnshaven Fish Festival.
ULLAPOOL – 17:30, Tuesday 11 July, Screen Machine
TOBERMORY – 17:30, Tuesday 1 August, Screen Machine
THURSO – 18:30, Wednesday 23 August, Merlin Cinema Thurso
CASTLEBAY, BARRA – 17:30, Wednesday 13 September, Screen Machine
Tickets to all events are on sale now. For more details visit madebythesea.net

Editors Notes

About A Kind of Seeing
A Kind of Seeing is curator/producer Shona Thomson developing and delivering innovative
community engagement projects across cinema, live music and performance. Driven by a
passion for connecting archives and shared heritage with place, A Kind of Seeing projects
such as Made by the Sea and Following the Fleet: DRIFTERS are collaborations with
artists, venues, festivals and communities across Scotland, the UK and internationally.
akindofseeing.co.uk

About the BFI
The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment
in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
• Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
• Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and
future generations
• Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK – investing in creative,
distinctive and entertaining work
• Promoting British film and talent to the world
• Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences
The BFI is a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI
serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the
UK. It delivers this role:
• As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
• By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
• By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK.
Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board
of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.

About Britain on Film – Our stories, Our lives
Uncover extraordinary treasures as the BFI National Archive as well as the Regional and
National film and TV archives of the UK are opened up for the British public to enjoy.
Including professional and amateur footage, the 1,000s of newly digitised film and TV titles
paint a moving and intimate portrait of British life spanning 100 years. Everyone in the UK
can search BFI Player for their personal histories, watch newly digitised films on DVDs and
enjoy special Britain on Film screenings and events across the UK.
bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film

About Film Hub Scotland
As part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, Film Hub Scotland (FHS) is one of nine Hubs
set up across the UK to extend film choice, increase and broaden film audiences, and enhance
opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film. FHS is led by Scottish
Film which comprises Scotland’s key cultural cinemas and festivals.
www.filmhubscotland.com

About Film Hub Central East
Film Hub Central East is led by Broadway Nottingham as part of the BFI Film Audience
Network, an initiative developed by the BFI to enable organisations and film experts in the
independent cultural exhibition sector to work in partnership to boost film audiences across
the UK, particularly in the areas of specialised and independent British film.
About The Screen Machine / Regional Screen Scotland

Made by the Sea is supported by venue partner Regional Screen Scotland. RSS aims to
help local communities to enjoy high quality screen experiences. It is a Regular Funded
client of Creative Scotland, and receives funding and support from Highlands and Islands
Enterprise. The Screen Machine mobile cinema is owned and operated by RSS, and serves
more than 35 different rural communities, including 16 islands. The Screen Machine is
sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Caledonia

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