Virginia Heath’s cinematic meditation on twentieth-century Scotland interweaves dreamlike archive images with a transcendent score by Scottish musician King Creosote. Created through an iterative process between director and composer, the film explores universal themes of love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play. As the industrious, teeming cities intertwine with the raw beauty of the Scottish landscape, it is the grace found in everyday human life that is brought to the fore.

Ordinary people, some long since dead, their names and identities largely forgotten, appear shimmering from the depths of the vaults to take a starring role. Brilliantly edited together by Colin Monie, these silent individuals emerge to tell us their stories, given voice by King Creosote’s poetic music and lyrics. The film beguilingly encourages audiences to reflect on what has actually changed from the twentieth to the twenty-first centuries.  The past holds up a mirror to the present and we recognise that the struggles and desires of the characters depicted on screen resonate with us today.

Cromarty Film Festival

With special guests Virginia Heath and Grant Keir

Please note that the festival is for over 18s only