Celebrating Scottish films on UNESCO Audiovisual Day

Bridge and groom
Wedding of the 4th
Marquess of Bute
Larger wedding image

Two special screenings take place in Edinburgh and Glasgow on 27 October to mark the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

The day aims to raise awareness of the importance for national identities of moving images and recorded sounds. It also focuses on the need to protect audiovisual material.

Showing from the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland on 27 October are:

  • 'The Wedding of the 4th Marquess of Bute' (1905): The Scottish Screen Archive's digital restoration of what is possibly the earliest personal wedding film in the British Isles. Will run on a continuous loop with other short films throughout the day in the National Library of Scotland café.
  • Curators' choice film programme: Glasgow Film Theatre will show a mix of 'visual delights' chosen by the archive's staff. Will include the premiere of two recently discovered early films.
Complete films online

The UNESCO Day also marks the launch of a programme to digitise complete films from the national moving images collection at the National Library. As the first stage of the programme, 100 full films will be available on the Scottish Screen Archive website over the next few weeks, as well as 1,000 film clips.

Schools film resource

NLS recently provided Scottish schools with 200 clips - a total of 15 hours of archive film - on a new educational website. Scotland on Screen was developed jointly with Learning and Teaching Scotland and Scottish Screen. The site lets students and teachers view, download and re-use the clips, which date from 1895 to the 1980s.

Visit the Scottish Screen Archive website for more details of news and events.

22 October 2009



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