SUN WORSHIPPERS, the

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Title: SUN WORSHIPPERS, the

Reference number: 8077

Date: 2002

Director: d. Les Wilson

Sponsor: Scottish Screen, BBC Scotland

Producer: Seona Robertson

Production company: Caledonia Sterne and Wyld

Sound: sound

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 68.27 mins

Description: This film celebrates Hill and Adamson’s legacy by blending dramatisation of the two men and their subjects – from the radical Free Kirk ministers and the Edinburgh intelligentsia to soldiers and fisherfolk – with documentary footage of modern photographers at work. [synopsis derived from Caledonia TV website at http://www.caledonia.tv/, last accessed 15/7/2009]

See also ref. 1496

Not to be confused with ref. 6380, which has a very similiar title.

Credits: w. George Rosie
m. Jim Sutherland

David Octavius Hill Robin Cameron
Robert Adamson Anthony Donaldson
Sir David Brewster Sandy Neilson
Hugh Miller James Macpherson
Miss Mann Shonagh Price
Elizabeth Rigby Alexandria Montgomery
Mrs Flucker Estrid Barton
Gordon Highlanders Sergeant Stewart Ennis
Drummer Gary D'Arcy
Charlotte Hill Christine Essex
Maid Rebecca Smith
Mohun Lal Khalid Naqui
Fishwives Sarah Balman, Nicola Coleman, Kirsty Hopkins, Patricia Kirk
Fishermen Mark Lafferty, Karl Linich, Mark Welsford
Soldiers James Grant, Steve Jackson, Victor Murphy
Passers-by Amanda Mallinson, Steve Hayword

Thanks to Sara Stevenson, The National Galleries of Scotland, Birgitta & Drew Parnell of Caroline Park, Anthony & Lisa Dickson of Rock House, David Bruce, Bo Steer, Camera Press, Edinburgh City Libraries, Edinburgh College of Art, Claire & Ross Findlater, The Free Church of Scotland, Glasgow University Special Collections, Historic Scotland, The Mitchell Library, The National Trust, Magnum Photos, Newhaven Heritage Museum, St. Andrews University Chapel, Scottish Fisheries Museum Anstruther, Skipper & Crew of 'The Launch Out', The people of Anstruther, Crail and Pittenweem

runners Ranald MacLean, Stewart Hamilton
camera construction Tony Steers
electrician Chris Batchelor
props ass. Craig Castle
boom operator Alan MacNicol
make-up ass. Amy Buchanan
wardrobe ass. Harriet Edmonds
Robbie Coltrane's make-up Jacqui Mallett
focus puller Derrick Peters
online ed. James Farrant
dubbing Michael Powell
rostrum camera Malcolm Paris
photograph research Julie McCrone
research Anna Coombes
p. co-ordinator Sajid Quayum
p. accountant Brian Murray
p. ass. Claire McCluskey
gaffer Steve Arthur
costume designer Bobby McCulla
make-up designer Pip Blackie
p. designer Emer O'Sullivan
p. man. Linda Fraser
sd. rec. Brian Howell
d. ph. Jim Peters
ed. Peter Blackie
exec. p. Ewan Angus, Steve McIntyre

Shotlist: David Hill and Robert Adamson were the first in the world to realise the artistic potential of photography. This creative Scottish partnership of artist and scientist worked at a furious pace, producing more than 3,000 beautiful images – lit only by the sun – in just three years in the 1840’s. Their new art was avant garde, exciting and controversial – Victorian Edinburgh’s Shock of the New.

This film celebrates Hill and Adamson’s legacy by blending dramatisation of the two men and their subjects – from the radical Free Kirk ministers and the Edinburgh intelligentsia to soldiers and fisherfolk – with documentary footage of modern photographers at work. Among them are Lord Snowdon – photographing Robbie Coltrane – and Chris Steele-Perkins of Magnum.
[synopsis from Caledonia TV website at http://www.caledonia.tv/, last accessed 15/7/2009]