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Reference number: 1823

Date: 1969

Director: d. Douglas Gray

Sponsor: Educational Films of Scotland

Production company: Park Film Studios

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 16 mins

Description: An interview with the poet Hugh MacDiarmid about his life and work. Discussion centres around such themes as his 'Scottish' experience, childhood and family, tradition, art and science, his desire to look 'outward' and language and meaning, especially with reference to Scots.

For other films about Hugh MacDiarmid see also refs. 0537, 2688 and 6220

Credits: A conversation between Hugh MacDiarmid and George Bruce

Shotlist: credits (0.22) ints Hugh MacDiarmid in conversation with George Bruce (3.23) exts house at Langholm and the river (Walk/Waulk?) (4.41) gvs Common Riding around Border country, McDiarmid reads out poem about this event over footage (6.29) ints Hugh MacDiarmid in conversation with George Bruce (9.10) gvs cemetery in Langholm, McDiarmid reads poem 'Standing at my Father's Grave' over footage, further gvs landscape (9.58) gvs graveyard at Crowdie Knowe where McDiarmid's mother is buried, he reads poem 'Crowdie Knowe' over this footage (10.58) ints Hugh MacDiarmid in conversation with George Bruce (14.32) George Bruce reads the poem 'The Eamis Stane'; c/u McDiarmid's face as he listens (15.31) The conversation continues.... ecs (15.50)