Biography of 'Edinburgh Cine and Video Society (ECVS)'

Amateur Cine and Video Society

ECVS was founded in 1936 as the Waverley Cine Society. Within a year the new club had acquired premises at 23 Fettes Row, in Edinburgh’s New Town. On moving into what was to become a permanent home, the club changed its name to Edinburgh Cine Society.

The basement properties were rented out as a contribution to covering the mortgage costs, and the Society developed the ground floor of the premises for their use. There was a cinema, lounge, kitchen, a studio space and darkroom for film processing. The war naturally inhibited much of the film making activity with many of the male members in the Services and a shortage of film stock for the amateur. The ladies kept the Society going, organising fund-raising events to help with the mortgage payments. Post-war the Society enjoyed a resurgence, with refurbishment of the club rooms and regular meetings on Friday nights and film-making in groups at the weekends.

In the 1950’s the old bus seats in the cinema were replaced with stock from a local cinema that was closing, creating a 78 seat auditorium with a separate projection box.

The club flourished in the twenty years after the war, reaching its maximum permitted membership of 150 with a waiting list.

The club rooms were in premises designated as a listed building and major renovation works were required in the early 1970’s. The completion of those works, assisted by grants from the Edinburgh Conservation Committee was marked by a visit from the Queen Mother Patron of the Conservation Committee who unveiled a plaque on the wall of the building and enjoyed a tour of the club rooms. Like many earlier episodes in the Society’s history this was recorded on film. With a reduced membership, and a need to fund the share of the building works the ground floor was sold off and the club moved into the basement, no. 23A, creating a smaller 52 seat cinema.

In the 1980’s came videotape, formally adopted by the Society in 1990 when it was resolved to admit as members those who professed to be videographers. The name of the organisation was changed to reflect this - Edinburgh Cine and Video Society. Thursday nights became video nights whilst retaining the traditional Friday evenings for the main club activities. The new section of the club benefited from a donation from a local company of two Sony cameras and two U-matic recorders. Video projection equipment was installed at a later date.

[Extracted from article by Norman Speirs in ECVS Journal Cine Chat, Issue 29, October 1996.]

Researcher: Norman Speirs

Films associated with 'COCOZZA, Enrico'

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....AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH [6437]

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Amateur comedy short from the Edinburgh Cine Society, featuring a hypnotist who struggles to cope with his temperamental car.

1985

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1930 [6519]

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Amateur general views people enjoying themselves outside. Playing croquet, dancing etc. [Could be some sort of centenary celebration at Rosyth, according to information scratched on original reel].

1930

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1938/39 EDINBURGH CINE SOCIETY NEWS REVIEW / ROYAL VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION [6591]

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Amateur general views various events 1938 and 1939. Also a visit by the Queen and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow.

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1939

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1963 ALNWICK FETE CARNIVAL [6586]

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General views of the 1963 Fete / Carnival at Alnwick. Families relaxing, children playing, floats, fancy dress.

1963

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ABERDEEN AGRICULTURAL SHOW [6530]

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Amateur footage of stone-clearing on a beach and shots of an agricultural show.

1930

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ACTORS [6546]

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Amateur footage of a fete at a country house, featuring a Boys Brigade pipe band and dance and theatrical performances.

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1935

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ADBEN FETE [6521]

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Amateur general views of people at fete. Women perform traditional dancing in different styles, film includes a brief shot of an amateur drama.

1935

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ADVERTS - AN ECS EXERCISE [6407]

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Sequence of amateur spoof adverts for various fictional products including 'Iron Brew' with real iron and Highland air in a can.

1966

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AGRICULTURAL SHOW [6529]

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Amateur footage of traction engines and trade stalls at an agricultural show, including shots of equestrian events and a bowling green.

1930

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ALLOA [6549]

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Amateur general views agricultural and livestock show in Alloa (?)

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1930

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ANNUAL DINNER AND SOCIAL 1968 [6408]

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Overview of the Edinburgh Cine Society's Annual dinner and social in 1968, held at the Woodside Hotel, Musselburgh. Speeches, presentations and lively party games follow.

1968

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BALLOON MAN, the [6440]

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Light-hearted amateur film about children swapping clothes with an elderly rag and bone man, in exchange for balloons.

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1978

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BASIC TRAINING [6612]

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Amateur film demonstrating a variety of equipment and basic film-making techniques. Rounded off with four comedy shorts.

1966

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE SCOTTISH CENTRAL FILM LIBRARY [6665]

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Both reels are unedited footage of behind the scenes at the Scottish Central Film Library. Staff at work and films in storage on shelves.

1970

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BLIND MAN, DEAF WOMAN [6548]

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Amateur general views people outside, walking. Also blind man and deaf woman (possibly Kirkcaldy).

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1935

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BRING THE RAIN [6452]

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Young couple have marital problems due perhaps to death of child? Poor communication, man drinking at work and not coming home. Child in film is perhaps a neighbour/friends the female protaganist imagines as hers [story unclear without sound].

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1984

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BUTLIN'S FILM FOR EDINBURGH CINE SOCIETY WORKSHOP [6448]

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Amateur trim footage of unidentified Butlins camp. General views of facilities and events including donkey derby, Royal Marines display, and stage show.

1985

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BY THE LOCHSIDE - A GAMBOL BETWEEN EDINBURGH CINE SOCIETY AND HAWICK FILM CLUB SAINT MARY'S LOCH 1968 [6611]

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Amateur film of the 1968 summer outing of Edinburgh Cine Society and Hawick Film Club to St. Mary's loch. General views of various incidences of film-making in progress.

1968

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CHANGE IN THE WEATHER, EVERY CLOUD..., a [6441]

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Amateur tale about a company boss and his wife who turn up late for a dinner party hosted by an ambitious young salesman of his company and his wife. After their car breaks down they have to change a wheel in the rain, arriving soaking wet, where their yo

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1980

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CHERCHEZ LA FEMME! [6291]

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A short humorous pseudo-documentary showing members of the Scottish Tourism Association attempting to hoax a bus of tourists, only to find that their work has been done for them.

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1971

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CHIEF'S HALF - DAY, the [5905]

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Film of Chief Constable William Merrilees on a half-day when he visits the zoo and a children's home.

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1961

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CHILDRENS' CHRISTMAS PARTY 1955 [5868]

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The fun and games of the Children's Christmas Party in 1955 [probably connected to the staff of Crawford's Biscuits Factory].

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1954

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COCOZZA, GLASGOW [6489]

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Amateur footage of the Cocozza family (?) relaxing at home.

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1942

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COMBINE HARVESTER [6542]

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A combine harvester and horse drawn plough seen at work. Followed by footage of a small helicopter and an air show.

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1935

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CORONATION 1936 [6551]

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Amateur general views Coronation celebrations in Edinburgh 1936. Not clear whether for Edward VIII in January 1936 or George VI in December 1936.

1936

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CRAIGHALL FETE [6520]

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Amateur general views costume fete in gardens outside large house, Craighall, Midlothian.

1935

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CRAIGMILLAR CASTLE [6523]

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Amateur general views Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh. Brief view football match from castle, pipe band. Templars march.

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1935

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CYCLISTS AHOY! 64 [6558]

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Amateur general views two boys taking part in an informal cycling proficiency exercise.

1964

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DUMFRIES COLLEGE [6490]

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Amateur brief views Dumfries town centre, then general views of Dumfries College grounds.

1960

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EAST - WEST [6635]

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Amateur comedy about a man who leaves work only to be so stressed out at home that he returns to work later on.

1949

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ECS XMAS PARTY 1981 [6426]

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Amateur film from the Edinburgh Cine Society's 1981 Christmas party held for members and their families. Children playing charades in cinema theatre, general views people eating, drinking and generally enjoying themselves.

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1981

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EDINBURGH [6285]

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An historical record of Edinburgh showing the Castle, the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace (with Queen's Garden party in progress). Also shows some of the industrial and commercial aspects of Edinburgh at that time including banks and insurance offices. Tr

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1946

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EDINBURGH CINE SOCIETY 1936 - 1957 [6944]

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A series of short films joined together to commemorate 21st birthday of Edinburgh Cine Society. [Where individual films are preserved by the Scottish Screen Archive, their ref nos. are indicated in [brackets] in the shotlist.]

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1957

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EDINBURGH CINE SOCIETY CLUB NIGHT [6596]

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Couple receive tour of Edinburgh Cine Society. Woman receives instruction on cement splicing small gauge film. Lochside sequence.

1966

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EDINBURGH CINE SOCIETY NEWSREEL - QUEEN AT LEITH [6470]

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The Queen and Prince Philip arrive in style on the Royal Yacht Britannia to open the 10th Edinburgh International Festival.

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1965

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EDINBURGH CINE SOCIETY OUTING TO SCOUGALL BAY [5855]

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Shows the Edinburgh Cine Society day trip to Scougall Bay beach in 1939.

1939

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EDINBURGH NEWSREEL 1956 [6283]

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Amateur newsreel by the Edinburgh Cine & Video Society. Featuring exterior shots of Queen and other attendees arriving suitably dressed for Thistle Ceremony at St. Giles. Brief view American film star Vera Ellen in Edinburgh and resultant crowds, photogr

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1956

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EDINBURGH'S CORONATION YEAR PICTORIAL 1937 [6467]

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Edinburgh's Coronation Year Pictorial 1937. Views of decorations and events celebrating the coronation and royal visit.

1937

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ENGINEERING SHOW / FELIX [6640]

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Amateur footage of the Highland Show spliced together with a Felix the cat cartoon and general views of the Leith Hospital Pageant and games held at Winterfield Park, Dunbar.

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1950

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EVERYONE IN THE ACT [6288]

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Short comedy drama about an imposter who hypnotises an Edinburgh Cine Society meeting, stealing their money instead of delivering a lecture.

1964

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FESTIVAL ADVERT [6494]

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Advert for the 1981 Scottish International Amateur Film Festival at the Glasgow Film Theatre. Accompanied by voiceover track.

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1981

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FLOOD [6550]

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Amateur general views of a flooded street in Edinburgh. Film also include views of hay making at harvest time, and camels at the Zoo.

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1935

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FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY 1976 - 77 SEASON OF EDINBURGH CINE SOCIETY [6445]

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Amateur film of the celebration dinner for the fortieth anniversary of the Edinburgh Cine Society, dance and prize-giving ceremony.

1977

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GALA PREMIERE OF SEVEN AGES, the [6574]

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General views of the smartly dressed crowd arriving and mixing at the Edinburgh Cine Society's Gala premiere of the film 'Seven Ages' [see also ref. 6278]. Guests include SAAC Chairman Frank Marshall and Vice Chairman Willie Dobson.

1969

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GAMES AT MURRAYFIELD AND PROCLAMATION CEREMONY [6504]

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Shots of the Murrayfield Highland Games in 1952 and what is believed to be the Proclamation of Her Majesty's Accession to the Throne.

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1952

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GLADYS GROWS UP [5862]

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The first winner Of Lizar's Trophy, the film shows episodes in the life of Mr A L Cunningham's five year old daughter, Gladys.

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1937

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GLIDER [6522]

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Amateur general views of a glider launch and various other planes taking off from a rather uneven field, watched by a large crowd.

1935

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GRANNY'S OLD ARMCHAIR [5865]

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When Granny dies, a small fortune is discovered, hidden in her armchair.

1955

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HANDICAP [6292]

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The story of a cine enthusiast in seven mins. The film was shot in one night by members of the Edinburgh Cine Society.

1965

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HOME SWEET HOME [5861]

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Comedy drama about a man who goes to the pub after fighting with his wife and is knocked out in a fight. There is an ensuing dream sequence then a happy ending. [Part of the Edinburgh Cine and Video Society Collection]

1948

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