Scotland/Arctic: with Atzi Muramatsu

Join us for this special screening of Arctic films by Scotland’s pioneering female filmmakers, with live musical accompaniment by composer Atzi Marumatsu

SAT 4th MARCH 2017 – 21:00-22:30 

Theatre, Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD

£11/£6 Entry – Tickets

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Half a century after making The Rugged Island, Jenny Gilbertson found herself again producing a film amongst a far-north community. Having intended to visit the Inuit community of Ellesmere Island for a short while, she found herself instead embedded there for a year-long shoot. The result was Jenny’s Arctic Diary, a fascinating document of the people of Grise Fjord and how their lives were being reshaped by the swiftly encroaching modern world. 

A true pioneer in every sense of the word, Isobel Wylie Hutchison was an explorer, a poet, a botanist and an all-around badass. Born in West Lothian in 1889, her travels through Iceland, Greenland and Alaska were accompanied by her camera, with which she made a series of fascinating films, all of which capture the landscape which Hutchison was enthralled by and would continue to return to over several years.

For this screening, Jenny’s Arctic Diary is paired with three of Hutchison’s short films: Kayak Rolling, The Great Jakobshavn Iceberg Bank and Flowers and Coffee Party at Umanak. We’re very proud to screen these works alongside an astonishing commissioned score by Edinburgh-based composer Atzi Muramatsu

Muramatsu’s score not only presents his own original composition, but incorporates elements of Jenny Gilbertson’s original broadcast voiceover and excerpts from Isobel Wylie Hutchison’s poetry and prose. As the two women’s words and images overlap, they form a dialogue which creates a stunning new portrait of both of these pioneering Scottish women artists and the Arctic that they knew. 

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[Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of BFI’s Film Audience Network]

 

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