JOHN MACFADYEN

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Margaret Tait – Selected Films 1952-1976

Margaret Tait was one of Britain’s most unique filmmakers. Her life’s work consisted of making film poems and over the course of 46 years she produced over 30 films including one feature. She also published three books of poetry and two volumes of short stories. This DVD contains a collection of films made by Tait between 1952 and 1976. Films included on this DVD are:

Portrait of Ga (1952),
Aerial (1974),
Hugh MacDiarmid,
A Portrait (1964),
Colour Poems (1974),
Where I Am Is Here (1964),
Place of Work (1976),
Tailpiece (1976),
John Macfadyen (The Stripes in the Tartan) (1970)

Black-and-white and colour
Silent and sound
Running time: 110 minutes

£10.00

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Places:

  • Orkney Islands

Subjects:

  • Emotions, attitudes and behaviour
  • Music

Genres:

  • Experimental
  • Animation
  • Women film makers

People/organisations:

  • TAIT, Margaret

Decade:

  • 1970s

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1974 | bwcol | silent
ANIMAL WELFARE IN SCOTLAND
1978 | col | sound

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Title: JOHN MACFADYEN

Reference number: 4445

Date: 1970

Director: painted by Margaret Tait

Production company: [ Ancona Films]

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 3.30 mins

Description: Brightly coloured animated figures dance to the traditional tune 'John MacFadyen', as played by the Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society in this hand painted piece by Margaret Tait.

Please note sound only starts after opening title and credits section at 0.24 mins. See also ref. 4445A for differently titled and slightly shorter version.

Often known as 'The Stripes in the Tartan'.

See also MA thesis submitted to University of East Anglia by Winn, Joss Preserving the Hand Painted Films of Margaret Tait, 2002. See also Additional Information file and paper archives.

The Tait papers are deposited in Orkney Archives. Currently being catalogued. For any enquiries please contact Principal Archivist.

The British Artist's Film and Video Study Collection at http://www.bftv.ac.uk/avantgarde based at Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design holds an artist's file on Margaret Tait.

The British Film Institute National Library http://www.bfi.org.uk holds many of the published articles on her and her work. This title is also available in clip form on BFI Screenonline http://www.screenonline.org.uk

In 1979 Margaret Tait was the subject of a BBC Scotland 'Spectrum' arts programme.

Credits: John MacFadyen played by Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society
painted by Margaret Tait, Ancona Films

Shotlist: (0.00) [silent] painted 'tartan' stripe effect (0.05) title and opening credits (0.24) [sound] Brightly coloured animated figures dance to the traditional tune 'John MacFadyen', as played by the Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society in this hand painted piece by Margaret Tait (3.30) END (3.30)