Exciting news for fans of Bill Douglas/Scottish independent filmmaking/great films: August’s Made in Edinburgh screening at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse will be a three hour showcase of the visionary filmmaker from Newcraighall, the three short films known collectively as The Bill Douglas Trilogy, will be shown on 19 August at 5.45pm.
The Bill Douglas trilogy My Childhood (1972), My Ain Folk (1973) and My Way Home (1978) provide a stark picture of a childhood marked by poverty and isolation.
The films were made over an eight year period in and around Newcraighall, a mining village to the east of Edinburgh. As tribute to the filmmaker a plaque has been erected to commemorate him.
Bill Douglas reputation is one of an innovative and uncompromising filmmaker. He shot far less footage than many other film makers but everything he made showed passionate feeling as well as artistry. His filming style was fiercely unsentimental and often bleak with sparse use of dialogue and camera movement.
I wrote my own tribute to Douglas in the Edinburgh Evening News a few weeks ago and I’d recommend everyone try to get along to this one.
Head to the Filmhouse website for more information.