OCCASIONS

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Places:

  • Orkney Islands

Subjects:

  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Sporting activities
  • War
  • Agriculture

Genres:

  • Experimental
  • Women film makers

People/organisations:

  • TAIT, Margaret

Decade:

  • 1970s

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Title: OCCASIONS

Reference number: 6238

Date: 1977

Director: [d. Margaret Tait]

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 9.03 mins

Description: Part 3 of Margaret Tait's series 'Aspects of Kirkwall', covering special events in the town. These include the Orkney Agricultural Society County Show, boat race, Remembrance Parade at St. Magnus Cathedral.

See also refs 3704, 3705, 6212 and 6225 for other titles in the series.

See also Additional Information file at 11/1/455. Paper Archives 4/5/119, 4/11/651, 4/5/92.

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.

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

Credits: by Margaret Tait / Ancona Films

Shotlist: opening titles, overlaid over procession of people (0.37) gvs at the Orkney Agricultural Society County Show, c/u horses (0.54) shot of young girls chatting, one holding a Siamese cat (1.01) c/u prizewinning horse 'Highly Commended', various shots livestock including geese, hens (1.21) wider shot over Show, including cars, livestock and people (1.24) c/u sign 'Weigh Crush £195, Ordinary Crush only £77', shot of girl messily eating cream cake and slow pan left to reveal various agricultural machinery on display (1.39) gvs prizewinning sheep and cattle (2.08) man rides by quickly on pony and buggy (2.13) horse riders canter past (2.18) various people attending Show, including a policeman chatting to farmers, teenagers (2.35) brief shot people gathering around HM Coastguard dinghy followed by gvs dinghy in water, various other sailing boats (3.11) lifeboat sails past, safety announcements can be heard (3.33) gvs sailing boats - catamarans (?) (4.27) wide angle shot out to Firth and sailing craft, a lady watches with binoculars, panning across to show Kirkwall in distance (5.16) - blank- (5.17) brief shot Kirkwall (5.25) -blank- (5.26) funeral procession gather outside St. Magnus Cathedral (6.12) looking upwards at wintry sky, birds in tree branches, Church spire in background (6.15) the coffin is carried out to graveyard, procession follows (6.51) shot of spire (7.03) -blank- (7.04) Remembrance Day procession, including pipes and drums - all participants are male (7.07) brief shot two men standing outside St. Magnus Cathedral, they wear red poppies (7.13) procession continues, intercut with shots of men bearing flags and banners coming out of Cathedral, c/u as men pass wearing poppies and war medals - they halt in front of Royal British Legion Club (8.13) fair (?) outside Cathedral, there are stalls under canvas and people gathering, there are balloons and bunting - all filmed from an elevated position (8.51) ecs (9.03)