Over 150 new films are now freely available to view on the Scottish Screen Archive website.
Digitised from the national moving images collection at the National Library of Scotland, these films span the period from 1917 to the 1970s. Among the highlights are:
- 'Gateway to Pleasure: Dunoon and Cowal' (1970s)
- 'Sweet Making at Thomsons' (1948) and 'Making Chocolates' (1954)
- 'Hugh MacDiarmid: A Portrait' (1964), an affectionate portrait of the Scottish poet, made by the film poet Margaret Tait
- 'CO-OP Adverts' (1955-1972)
- 'Glasgow Academy Sports' (1917)
- 'Earl Haig Unveils Peebles War Memorial' (1922)
- 'Communication' (1977), part of the Scottish Health Education Group's 'Teenage Talk-In' series
- Local interest shorts and newsreels made by Ernest Bromberg that were shown at his News Cinema in Aberdeen.
Amateur films are well represented, and include:
- 'Escape to Freedom' (1981), a hard-hitting amateur documentary about Vietnamese refugees in Lanarkshire
- 'Winner Takes All' (1968), a darkly humorous tale from Dalziel Cine Club.
Several new titles have been added to the Films of Scotland collection, such as the Edinburgh Festival documentary 'Edinburgh on Parade' (1970) and 'Sun Pictures' (1965) about photography pioneers Hill and Adamson.
In all, visitors to the Scottish Screen Archive site now can watch more than 1,600 full-length videos and short clips online.
20 September 2013