ETHEL MOORHEAD

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Genres:

  • Biographical

People/organisations:

  • Scottish Screen Collection

Series:

  • First reels

Decade:

  • 1990s

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Title: ETHEL MOORHEAD

Reference number: 7362

Date: 1995

Director: [d. Mary Gordon]

Producer: Steve Quinn

Production company: [ Moorhead Productions]

Sound: sound

Colour: bwcol

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 13.30 mins

Description: Ethel Moorhead was one of the many active campaigners for the vote between 1912-1914. Her crimes against property and defiant stance towards the state created her notorious reputation. She was the first Scottish Suffragette to be force fed whilst on hunger-strike in Calton jail, Edinburgh. This film features dramatic reconstructions of her story.

Screened at 49th Edinburgh International Film Festival, 1995.

ETHEL MOORHEAD - Ethel Moorhead was one of the many active campaigners for the vote between 1912-1914. Her crimes against property and defiant stance towards the state created her notorious reputation. She was the first Scottish Suffragette to be force fed whilst on hunger-strike in Calton jail, Edinburgh. Part of the SFC First Reels Scheme 1995.

First Reels - a joint short film initiative from Scottish Screen (and its predecessor body the Scottish Film Council) and Scottish Television. First Reels was launched during 1991 by Scottish Film Council in response to a perceived need for small grants to help young and first time film-makers to make or complete their first film or video project. Scottish Television came in as co-sponsor at an early stage and as well as contributing to half the funds they have given the scheme a tremendous public relations boost by running three half hour documentaries showing excerpts from the First Reels. Applicants were invited to submit projects in any format and on any subject they chose. All entries were considered by a jury and thirty five projects were given grants varying from £50 to £2000. On show at the GFT are a representative selection of the best of the films and videos supported by the scheme. [Editorial from Scottish Film Council held in paper archives]

Credits: After war work, Ethel Moorhead moved to Paris, where she co-edited an arts and literary review. Nothing else is known about her.

Ethel Moorhead Eve Keepax
Judge James Wigglesworth
Advocate David Kinnaird
Prison Guards Robert Kerr, William MacIntyre
Suffragettes Barbara Bryan, Dorothy Forrester, Laura Lincoln, Marion Rooney
Policemen Gerry Cambridge, Stephen Murphy

art d. and make-up Stephen Murphy
ass. art d. Brian Robertson
costumes Jessica Brettale, Diane Jamieson
wardrobe man. Alice Taylor
p. man. William McIntyre, Tam Donnigan
ass. d. Steve Quinn
camera ass. Norman Lockhart
p. ass. runner Laura Lindow, Ailis McClelland
clapper loader Steven Cassidy
boom operator runner Justin Molotinikov
runner Elspeth Semple
stills ph. Stuart Brown
publicity Liz Braff

Still life by Sylvia Mackiewicz
Irises by Sylvia Mackiewicz - lent by Mags Elliot
Books loaned by Broughton Books
Quotations from the report of Sir Thomas Fraser by permission of The Scottish Record Office
Script based on original research by Mary Gordon and A Guid Cause by Leah Leneman (AUP)

The Producers would like to thank the following for their help in realising this production Colour Film Services Ltd., Samuelson Lighting, Scottish Television, Jewel & Esk Valley College, Glasgow University Law Department, Dean Village Residents Association, Edinburgh City Chambers, Roland Wedgwood, Glasgow Film & Video Workshop, Stop Frame, Scottish Film Council

The Producers wish to thank the following sponsors First Reels, Edinburgh District Council, Magdalene Ang-Lygate, Val Bijl, Linda Craig, Carola Gordon, Joy Graham-Marr, Leslie Hills, Hope Johnston, Helen Kay, Sue Robertson, Rosaleen Shone, Roona Simpson

Without which... Catherine Aitken, Gil[l] Parry, Su Bainbridge, Martin Gordon, Judy Hendry [… et al …]

Dedicated to the memory of Ethel Moorhead and her successors Mary Fraser Dott, Anne Dott Brotherton

Theme song "Madamoiselle Julienne" by Jock Hunter © 1995. Arrangement by Mark Lister © 1995. Incidental music by Peter Cudmore © 1995.

ed. Lucy Enfield
sd. rec. and sd. ed. Colin McNab
d. ph. Peter Anderson
p. Steve Quinn
w. and d. Mary Gordon

A Moorhead Production for First Reels 1995. © Mary Gordon