Call of the North | HippFest | Thurs 22nd March

Continuing Highlight Arctic‘s celebration of the work of Isobel Wylie Hutchison – don’t miss this special event in Bo’ness… part of HippFest 2018 (Hippodrome Silent Film Festival)!

THURS 22nd MARCH 2018 – 19:30-21:00 

10 Hope Street, Bo’ness, EH51 0AA

£13.50 / £11 conc.


Highlight Arts has teamed up with HippFest 2018 to bring you CALL OF THE NORTH! This special event continues our celebration of the work of Isobel Wyllie Hutchison (1889–1982) – Scottish filmmaker, botanist and writer and Arctic explorer.

Hutchison travelled to Alaska, Iceland and Greenland, filming the things she saw around her. As well as capturing landscape and wildflowers, she had a keen eye for the domestic details and the daily lives of the indigenous people she met. Multi-talented Scottish singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson will introduce the life of this extraordinary woman and perform song settings of Hutchison’s poetry with accompaniment by Rob MacNeacail.

For the second part of the evening, award-winning Scotland-based Japanese composer Atzi Muramatsu will perform his powerful contemporary composition, inspired by three Hutchison films (score commissioned by Highlight Arts, and first performed at CCA Glasgow in March 2017).

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Gerda Stevenson, Atzi Muramatsu and Highlight Arts curator, Yasmin Al-Hadithi.

Films: Kayak Rolling, The Great Jakobshavn Iceberg Bank and Flowers and Coffee Party at Umanak (Isobel Wylie Hutchison | Greenland/Scotland | 1935 | U)

Performing live: Gerda Stevenson (voice), Rob MacNeacail (fretless bass guitar), Atzi Muramatsu (cello)

Screening material courtesy of: Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

[This event will be enhanced by BSL interpretation plus electronic note-taking.]

Brought to you in collaboration with Hippodrome Silent Film Festival 2018 (HippFest), and supported by the BFI National Lottery Fund.