Iona.

Scott Graham’s Iona references both the film’s setting and its central character. Iona and her teenage son wash up on the shores of Iona, running from a violent past in Glasgow. It’s instantly apparent that Iona is returning rather than arriving. For Iona, the island is a place filled with happy memories but also a … Continue reading

Sunset Song.

It’s been four years since the work of Terence Davies last graced our screens, in the form of the exquisite The Deep Blue Sea. Now he returns with Sunset Song, an adaptation of the Lewis Grassic Gibbon novel of the same name. I first fell in love with Davies’ work when I saw a double … Continue reading

Edinburgh: Graduation.

Earlier this week I returned to my beloved Edinburgh, if only for a mere 18 hours. Graduating from the University of Edinburgh meant reuniting with my fellow graduates in order to celebrate our hard work and achievements. Visiting Edinburgh at this time of year also means getting to experience the European Christmas Market that spreads … Continue reading

Edinburgh: June.

In last month’s post I discussed the three biggest events I was preparing to face; the job hunt, my dissertation and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. With June came one of those ventures – the most exciting one. June has been all about the film festival. I began the month working at home and working … Continue reading

Castles in the Sky.

Gillies MacKinnon’s Castles in the Sky celebrates the life and work of Robert Watson-Watt; one of history’s most under-appreciated Scotsmen. With his huge contributions to the development of radar, prior to the second world war, Watson-Watt initially seemed like a suitable subject for a BBC 2 sixty-minute single feature. In a Q and A that followed the … Continue reading

A Dangerous Game.

Following the success of You’ve Been Trumped, Anthony Baxter returns to documentary with his follow up. When billionaire, and self described “business extraordinaire”, Donald Trump began to make his dream of building the world’s greatest golf course come true it was the residents of a small area in Aberdeenshire who were made to suffer. Destroying natural preservations … Continue reading

Edinburgh: May.

If feels a long time since I published my last write-up of my time in Edinburgh. I spent April at home working non-stop so there was no entry last month. May has brought me back to the big green city after four weeks at home, spent relaxing with loved ones and working plenty of hours … Continue reading

Edinburgh: March.

I am writing this post at 5am, having just got home from work. I have now finished my final shift in this bar, the thought of which overwhelms me with happiness. I will be transferring home to a different bar over April and will then return to Edinburgh having handed in my resignation. Knowing that … Continue reading