MODERATOR!: A News Reel Impression of a Moderator's Year

Dr Watt. Moderator of the Church of Scotland, walking around streets of Edzell, Angus, meeting villagers. He then takes a trip by aeroplane to meet colleagues from the Church in Stornoway. (clip)

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Title: MODERATOR!: A News Reel Impression of a Moderator's Year

Reference number: 6116

Date: 1965

Sponsor: Kirk Films

Production company: Home Board Audio-Visual Unit

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 24.27 mins

Description: Newsreel overview of a Church of Scotland Moderator's Year, which involves travel throughout Scotland and abroad.

Credits: made for The Press, Publicity & Information Office of the Church of Scotland
commentary Glen Gibson

Shotlist: [Catalogued from VHS dub, from burnt in timecode]

credits, title (0.13) May 1965. int. General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, people stand for installation of new moderator; speech from predecessor (1.51) prayer and speech from pulpit (3.47) new Moderator (Dr. Watt) making speech from pulpit (4.01) b&w photographs of previous Moderators (4.19) sign beside road at entrance to Edzell in Angus, pan village, landscape in background (4.55) quiet street scene, Hillman car passes slowly (5.16) Manse Road, Hillman passes (5.46) man cutting grass in foreground as Hillman driver approaches front door of large house in background and delivers parcel to woman at door (6.14) int., Moderator talking on telephone (6.47) Moderator leaves house and walks down street, stops and talks to man (7.25) plane taxiing at Stornoway airport (7.41) four clergymen talking on runway, Moderator and wife descend steps from plane to meet them, including the Presbetry Clerk, Rev. Roderick MacDonald (8.19) pan island landscape, settlement across water (8.40) ext., church, people enter having departed from bus (9.45) school playground, Moderator visit (10.08) assembly singing, pan children, gvs Moderator visit (10.42) Moderator with wool, gvs spinning looms (11.52) visit to Tiumpan lighthouse; view across Minch from tower (12.24) plane departs (12.31) Forth Rail Bridge as viewed from road bridge (12.42) Moderator enjoys view view from top of suspension tower (13.50) ext. Firth of Clyde Dry Dock Company Limited, gvs dry docks. Gvs Moderator at docks, ships in background (14.55) gvs Moderator visiting sheep farm in Borders (15.43) ext., church steps, gvs Moderator and others (16.12) gvs Borders landscape (16.22) busy city in India, gvs streets, housing, people (17.05) Moderator visiting a deprived area in Bombay, he waves while being driven off in car (17.54) ext., Scottish Orphanage High School in India, gvs Moderator opening new building (18.30) ext., Scots Kirk in Bombay; Dr Watt visits Old Scottish Cemetery (19.21) gvs Moderator and wife in London, elevated shot walking past Covent Garden along street busy with goods vans (20.10) gvs Crown Court Church ext. and int. (20.45) streets Dulwich, St. James Kirk. Gvs (21.02) St Columba's church in the West End of London ext. and int.; ls worshippers walking in (22.19) ints. HMS Ganges at Ipswich; Moderator speaks to young men training there, in a dormitory; shots of recruits taking part in ceremony pledging prayer (23.05) meeting Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Ramsey, at Lambeth Palace (23.48) ext. St.Giles cathedral in Edinburgh, int., gvs Assembly (24.15) ecs (24.27)