Biography of 'Scottish Screen Collection'

Publicly funded film collection

In April 1997, the Scottish Film Council, Scottish Screen Locations, Scottish Broadcast and Film Training and the Scottish Film Production Fund merged to form the non-departmental government body Scottish Screen. Creating a ‘one stop shop’ for the screen industries was important and built on the momentum of success stories such as Braveheart (1995), Rob Roy (1995) and Trainspotting (1996). Scottish Screen had an ambitious remit - concerned with cultural and educational access to screen heritage as well as the business and resourcing of film-making in Scotland.

As the parent body of the Scottish Screen Archive, Scottish Screen had an obligation to preserve films funded from the public purse, particularly relevant now distribution of Lottery funds was its responsibility. Although funding arrangements existed between its predecessor bodies and other organisations (eg. broadcasters), Scottish Screen also introduced a clause in production agreements that provided for a copy of the finished work to be deposited for archival preservation.

In 2007, the Scottish Screen Archive transferred to the National Library of Scotland, and with it, the responsibility to continue collecting film, video and born digital work. Scottish Screen transferred their former distribution collection and back catalogue to the Archive, much of which was earlier work not covered by the new arrangements. This diverse collection of modern Scottish film production now promises to grow in partnership with Creative Scotland from 2010 and far into Scotland’s digital future.

The collection contains creative and factual documentary, experimental artists film, video dance, animation, comedy, horror, drama …. They include films made by people of all ages, some featuring Scottish actors ‘before they were famous’, and there are plenty of lesser-known titles to explore, eg. THE EVANESCENT HERB GARDEN OF DEATH (1993)

Dating from the early 1980s onwards, such works have generally been made through a variety of funding and training initiatives. Scottish Screen and its predecessor bodies ran such schemes in collaboration with partners, ensuring vital broadcast and theatrical exposure for new filmmaking talent.

First Reels (1991 - 1999), in collaboration with Scottish Television, offered small financial incentives (£50 - £2000) but more importantly, hands-on experience and exposure. The scheme proved a springboard to greater things for talent such as Peter Mullan, David Tennant and Hannah Robinson, yet supported community groups (Pilton Video, Castlemilk Elderly Forum), individual animators, dancers, students and video artists. Prime Cuts (1996 - 1998) followed, encouraging innovative films on 16mm between 5 – 7 min, from documentary to experimental. Graduates of this scheme include acclaimed video dance artist, Katrina McPherson and directors Morag MacKinnon, Justin Molotnikov and Elly M. Taylor. Tartan Shorts (1993 - 1996), Tartan Smalls (2002 - 2005) and the Gaelic language Geur Ghearr (1996 - 1998) - schemes working with with BBC Scotland and Comataidh Craolaidh Gaidhlig - led to short films shown on family television sets across the country, and those same titles distributed to festivals across the world. Amongst this collection is the Oscar-winning FRANZ KAFKA'S IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1993), This Scotland (2002 - 2005) and New Found Land (2000 - 2004) are examples of schemes co-funded by STV and Grampian that produced a variety of productions with longer running times of up to 25 min and a strong emphasis on quality documentary.

Around 2002, a slight shift away from shorts to predominantly Scottish-funded features as well as international co-productions is evident. These range from the hard-hitting 16 YEARS OF ALCOHOL (2003), to the lighthearted STONE OF DESTINY (2008). SEACHD - INACCESSIBLE PINNACLE (2007) is the first feature film in the language of Scottish Gaelic to achieve mainstream cinematic distribution. (The archive holds deposit copies on 35mm as well as HD). International co-productions include SKAGERRAK (2004) and animated THE THREE MUSKETEERS (DE TRE MUSKATERER) (2006).

Aside from the funded schemes, there is much to enjoy. Music video 4 Minute Wonders (2001 - 2003) feature Scottish bands and record labels (Soma, Chemikal Underground). Bridging the Gap (since 2004) remains an intelligent, creative force in Scottish film-making. Scottish Students on Screen (started c. 1999) material ranges from GUID MAN OF BALLENGEICH (2001), made by schoolchildren in Stirlingshire, to COLD TAPE (2000), shown at Tate Britain. Interviews, stills, scripts, and other supporting documentation relating to the films are all kept.

There are just under 700 titles recorded to date. As well as basic content information, much of which has been taken from secondary sources (title, release date, synopsis, director, producer, production company, sponsor), full cast and credits are transcribed directly from viewing the source material. For the first time, the full scope, range and amount of Scottish publicly funded film in the last three decades has been brought together in one searchable set of data – with open public access worldwide.

Due to rights and conditions of deposit, viewings are only offered on National Library of Scotland premises. Requests for a loan, to screen, duplicate or otherwise distribute material in the collection should be directed to Creative Scotland. Permission for such uses will only be given in consultation with rights holders.

This is a work in progress - a constantly evolving collection. The growth of the collection reflects the creativity and talent of those working the screen industries in Scotland. The collection continues to flourish, with new work produced under Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland.

Missing, believed lost?
Gaps in the collection have been identified, and it would be invaluable to find this material and preserve it in the national collection. Representation of earlier work, such as First Reels, is patchy (eg. an interview with the director of a film exists on Betacam SP tape, but the 16mm completed film is nowhere to be seen!) Some films are incomplete or in poor condition and there may still be surviving material somewhere.

Researcher: Ann Cameron

Films associated with 'COCOZZA, Enrico'

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10 YEARS OF TARTAN SHORTS [7931]

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Compilation of clips from ten years of "Tartan Shorts", the short film scheme run by Scottish Screen and BBC Scotland (1993 - 2001).

1993

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10.15 FROM KIRKWALL TO LONDON, the [4438]

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A fly on the wall record of the inter island Loganair service.

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1996

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16 YEARS OF ALCOHOL [8154]

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16 Years of Alcohol is the story's of a man's desperate attempt to free himself, not only from alcoholic addiction, but also to overcome his violent nature, basic mistrust in human nature and ferociously anti-social conduct. Growing up with a father who is himself an excessive womaniser and brute who both fascinated and repelled his son, he turns into a vicious gang leader who beats up friends and enemies alike.

2003

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1745 [13912]

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2017

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3 THREE [7908]

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Fantastic film about a graphic designer. [synopsis from BFI database at http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/web/Details/ChoiceFilmWorks/150441081#, last accessed 06/05

1995

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55 HADDINGTON PLACE [7949]

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The absurdities of everyday life rise to the surface in three overlapping tales of different women visiting No. 55 on one particular morning.

1995

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'71 [13892]

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2014

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A STEP TOO FAR! / BULLY BULLY / BALLISTIC / the making of BULLY BULLY and BALLISTIC [6127]

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These short video productions were devised, crewed and starred young people from community projects across Aberdeen.

1998

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A TO B TO Y TO Z: A Film in 13 Movements [8005]

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An animated headspin of a journey using time-lapse photography, hand drawn and cut out animation techniques. Travels through the alphabet - this film features the journey from A to B and Y to Z.

1993

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A=A [7834]

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Music video produced for '4 Minute Wonders' scheme, featuring the track 'A=A' by Cha Cha Cohen. "All Artists are Criminals!" Comic book capers at a secret underground warehouse in Lichtenstein, and featuring a comic book Andy Warhol!

2002

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ACCIDENTAL ANARCHIST [13940]

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2017

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ACCIDENTS [7258]

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At home after school Marko mooches around bored waiting for a call that never comes. Realising that he has been stood-up by his mates, he takes to the beach. A genuine and touching portrait of teenage relationships.

2005

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ACOUSTIC ROUTES FILM PROMO FEATURING BERT JANSCH [7878]

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Documentary portrait of guitarist Bert Jansch. [Note:- this is film promo. only for a longer programme presented by Billy Connolly] [synopsis from BFI database at http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/483555, last accessed 9/3/2009]

1992

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ACROSS THE WATERS [7259]

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In 1955, a young woman emigrated from Pakistan to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. Fifty years and three generations on, a testing new journey begins.

2004

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AE FOND KISS [4460]

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Accountancy graduate turned DJ, Casim meets trainee teacher Roisin O'Connor. Sparks fly and families, cultures and personalities collide.

2004

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AFICIONADO, the [7836]

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An inventive and touching offbeat comedy about a young football fan, his faltering romance, his long stagnant parents and an omnipresent notebook. [synopsis from http://www.aficionadofilms.com/, last accessed 23/2/2009]

2002

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ALABAMA [7255]

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An energetic farce and a very silly plot involving a pyschotic killer with amnesia, a nurse who wants both her dream man and a ticket to Alabama to find her long-lost father, and a helpless hitman homing in on the killer.

1990

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ALIEN RADIO [7822]

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Music video produced for '4 Minute Wonders' scheme, featuring the track 'Alien Radio' by Slam. Scary goings-on in the operating theatre........

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2001

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ALL ABOUT ME [8406]

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There seems to be no end to 11-year-old Melissa's talents, packed as they are into this busy mini-doc.

2008

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ALL OVER BRAZIL [7274]

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With Scotland in the World Cup in the summer of 1974 everything looks rosy, but thirteen year old Stephen is more into glam rock than football.

2003

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ALL QUIET ON THE WATERFRONT? [8518]

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A wry look at the proposed £2.5 million re-development and regeneration of the Forth and Clyde Canal by British Waterways, in the late 1980s.

1988

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AN DROCHAID = THE BRIDGE RISING [13910]

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2013

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ANANT [13900]

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2013

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AND SO GOODBYE [7260]

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Robin Mitchell finds the 'lost' film that his father produced, uncovering its fascinating story and reuniting his father with the director after sixty years in this moving documentary about the enduring magic of cinema.

2004

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ANGELOU ON BURNS [7076]

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Dr Maya Angelou, the African American poet and writer, discovered Robert Burns when she was eight. She was poor, black and mute living in Stamps, Arkansas. In this film she explores the strong parallels that exist in their lives. She meets enthusiastic and fanatical Burnsians, who welcome her to a party in Ayrshire in honour of her visit and Burns' genius.

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1996

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ANIMAME [8505]

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A creative toy for your phone. Split into four unique and separate games. Fiddle, doodle and have fun using your phone's camera and microphone. Blow on your phone, touch your phone, capture your environment.

2006

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ANIMATOR, the [8134]

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The animator is making his first film in his basement, when he discovers that the character is becoming more real than he is, and has a mind of its own! Plasticine animation.

1993

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ANNIE ROSS: NO ONE BUT ME [13886]

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2012

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ANNOTATE [7261]

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An animated journey through the different stages of energy production and consumption.

2003

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ANNOTATIONS [7842]

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Based on Christophe’s fiction writings, some of which were published in the literary monthly EUROPE, this film is a poetic, humorous portrayal of one man’s heroic attempt to record the minute details of which life is made.

2000

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ANTONIA BIRD: FROM EASTENDERS TO HOLLYWOOD [13944]

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2016

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ARCHIVE OF DREAMS [8269]

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Carlo Roda has gleaned thousands of films over the past 30 years. His life’s work now sits in a damp, dusty warehouse while his dreams turn into memories.

2008

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ARRANGEMENT, the [7267]

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A victim of violence recounts his story in graphic detail.

1998

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ARTHUR BALFOUR AND ME [7965]

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How one letter from Britain has affected the life of a young Palestinian woman to this day. [synopsis from "New Films, New Talent: Best of Scottish Shorts 2007]

2007

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AS FAR AS YOU'VE COME [7283]

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When two friends stumble across a dying man, the discovery has unexpected consequences for one of them in this powerful tale of the nature of chance.

2006

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ASHES [8086]

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Drama- A young man returns to his birth place in Skye in order to bury his father. He not only has to come to terms with the death of his father but also the problems of inheriting the paternal home.

1989

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AT 21 [7268]

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Homeless people in the city of New York are asked what they were doing at 21 years of age.

1994

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AT THE END OF THE SENTENCE [7280]

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An uptight newspaper sub-editor and his teenage brother organise a Christmas homecoming for their convict father in this surreal tale of cowboys, prison and punctuation in the wild west of Scotland.

2005

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ATOMISTS, the [7516]

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An extraordinary animated documentary about science and god, from highly acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Duguid.

2004

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AUF UNSICHTBARER MISSION MISSION INVISIBLE [8144]

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Documentary about the life of Russian submariners on The Sewerstal, the largest nuclear powered submarine in the world, as it patrols the Barents Sea. [German language, no subtitles]

2001

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AWA TAE SIE [8178]

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Another film from Jessica Langford's 'Village Views' series, made by pupils from St. Combs, Aberdeenshire.

1998

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BABY LAZARUS [8188]

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This challenging documentary introduces the work and the ethical concerns of the Intensive Care Nursery at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Centre in New Hampshire.

2000

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BACK TO THE TOP [7829]

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Music video produced for '4 Minute Wonders' scheme, featuring the track 'Back to the Top' by Open Door. Whirling around on the waltzers to an upbeat tune.

2002

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BAD BROWN OWL [7284]

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Criminal comedy drama with adventure, intrigue and a spectacular heist. Can new Brownie member Rosie, thwart Bad Brown Owl's dastardly plans and keep the Brownie Law?

2005

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BALDY McBAIN [7269]

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Colin McBain loses his hair, his voice and his best friend in this touching and unusual film.

2004

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BANDA EUROPA, la [8559]

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Award winning Scottish composer Jim Sutherland’s dream was to bring together a group of virtuoso and talented musicians from all over Europe, to assemble the unique La Banda Europa. The musicians would play a vast range of unusual instruments, such as the Hurdy Gurdies from France, bagpipes from Scotland and Nicoll Harps from Sweden.

2009

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BARD'S FARMYARD, the [3467]

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One of a series of ten animation films made by children in small village primary schools in Scotland, also involving the local community. The series was broadcast on Scottish Television and Grampian Television, and distributed on video through schools and libraries.

1997

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BASS INVADERS [7823]

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Music video produced for '4 Minute Wonders' scheme, featuring the track 'Diabla' by Funk D'Void. An idyllic village in the Scottish highlands is attacked by a giant loudspeaker cone.

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2001

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BASS PLAYER, the [7270]

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1880’s deep in the countryside the Bass Player hot, tired and depressed decides to swim in the lake. There he sees a young girl asleep on the bank. Captivated, he ties a bunch of flowers to her fishing line but the idyll is shattered as he discovers his clothes have been stolen. The girl swimming to untangle her line, suffers the same fate. So we embark on a strange but comic journey as the two protagonists join forces to reach their destination.

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1999

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BBC TELEVISION CHILDREN'S PROMO [7971]

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A promotional compilation from BBC Scotland showcasing clips from children's programmes transmitted in 2002. Includes material from BBC Alba, BBC Education, and highlights for the CBBC Scotland autumn season, as well as programmes transmitted across the UK.

2002

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