Biography of 'Pelicula Films'

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Mike Alexander and Mark Littlewood formed Pelicula Films in 1971. Both had already established themselves in the Scottish film industry, through working with Campbell Harper Films and BBC Scotland, Alexander developing as writer/director and Littlewood as cameraman.

As a team, Alexander and Littlewood produced through Pelicula a variety of different films, both fiction and documentary. They made a number of promotional films for Films of Scotland such as Dunfermline (1974), Lothian Landscape (1974) and Castle and Capital (1980) and a series of sports documentaries: The Long Sprint (1976) about athlete David Jenkins, No Easy Way (1980) on Olympic Gold Medal winner Allan Wells and Doin’ the Business (1988), a portrait of snooker player Steven Hendry.

They have also made an acclaimed series of music documentaries. Pelicula’s fiction output includes Nosey Dobson (1976) for the Children’s Film Foundation, The Donegals (1977) financed by the Scottish Arts Council; and The Adman (1980).

Their first full-length theatrical feature was the Gaelic language As An Eilean (1993). Pelicula continues to produce films today for cinema and television.

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AYRSHIRE LANG SYNE [4745]

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Mid-eighteenth century costume drama, set in Robert Burn's Ayrshire. The theme of the play is the hypocritical, unsympathetic form of (so-called) 'puritanism' that lorded it over the land at the time.

1972

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CASTLE AND CAPITAL [2262]

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A descriptive essay on the city of Edinburgh, and in particular of Edinburgh Castle.

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1979

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DOWN-HOME: Cape Breton And Quebec [4722]

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Aly Bain presents the music of Quebec French-Canadian fiddler Jean Carignan, and the musicians Bottines Souriantes, Denis Lanctot, Denis Pepin, Gilles Losier

1985

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DUNFERMLINE [2267]

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The town of Dunfermline, its past and present. Film includes brief shots of frigate sailing up the Forth and of USS aircraft carrier moored.

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1974

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FOLLOW THE MOONSTONE [4720]

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A performance based, interpretative film of a modernist suite by Norway's Henning Sommero, specially composed for Shetland fiddle virtuoso Aly Bain and rooted in traditional Scandinavian and Scottish melodies. Features the ensemble performing intercut wi

1996

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IONA - DOVE ACROSS THE WATER [3068]

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The island of Iona is glimpsed in summer and winter, through the lambing and harvest seasons, from sunrise to sunset.

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1982

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IT WASN'T ME MISTER [2540]

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A dramatic description of a youngster taken on his first shoplifting spree by an older boy and both ending up in trouble with the police.

1974

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LIVINGSTON - A PLAN FOR LIVING [2228]

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A young family take a look round the new town of Livingston to discover what it has to offer.

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1976

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LONG SPRINT: Diary of an Olympic Athlete [3920]

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The film follows David Jenkins through his training for the 400m from 1975 through to the heats for the Olympics. David qualified for the final heat but did not receive a medal.

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1975

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LOTHIAN LANDSCAPE [2258]

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The towns, castles and farmland of East Lothian.

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1974

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MAN AND ENERGY Part 2: Man the Destroyer [4702]

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A film discussing the various forms of energy used by man.

1976

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NEIL GUNN - LIGHT IN THE NORTH [0589]

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Neil Gunn, the Scottish novelist, talks to George Bruce about his life and work.

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1972

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NO EASY WAY: Allan Wells, One Man's Olympics [4713]

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Fly-on-the-wall documentary following the Edinburgh sprinter Allan Wells and his gruelling preparations for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where he won Gold in the 100m and Silver in the 200m. Features footage of training in Edinburgh, Australia, the Cote D'A

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1980

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NORMAN MacCAIG: A MAN IN MY POSITION [2802]

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The poet Norman MacCaig talks about his work to Magnus Magnusson and John MacInnes.

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1977

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ST. ANDREWS BY THE NORTHERN SEA [2247]

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A look at the university town of St. Andrews.

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1974

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STOCK OF BROOM - THE EDINBURGH MERCHANT COMPANY [2255]

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Made to commemorate the tercentenary of the Company of Merchants of the city of Edinburgh featuring the tradition of teaching in Merchant Company schools.

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1981

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TOWN CALLED AYR, a [2261]

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The town of Ayr with the World Pipe Band Championships and the Ayr races.

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1974

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VICTORIAN SCOTLAND [4707]

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A film sponsored by the Scottish Tourist Board, highlighting the areas of Scotland influenced by the Victorian Era. There is footage of Queen Victoria in Scotland and general views of Great Scottish landmarks both in Victorian and modern times.

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1980

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