LATIN FOR A DARK ROOM

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Places:

  • Edinburgh

Subjects:

  • Science and technology

People/organisations:

  • Scottish Screen Collection

Series:

  • Tartan shorts

Decade:

  • 1990s

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Title: LATIN FOR A DARK ROOM

Reference number: 7548

Date: 1994

Director: d. Joe Ahearne

Sponsor: BBC Scotland and The Scottish Film Production Fund

Producer: Catherine Aitken

Production company: Goldstar Films

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Certificate: 15

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 21.30 mins

Description: Set in late 19th Century Edinburgh. Maria McKillop, who already works as an optician, opens the first Camera Obscura on Calton Hill. Her husband, much older than she, thinks it is a folly, but it is certainly an attraction. [synopsis from Scottish Screen Catalogue of Short Films 1993 - 1999 "Kicking up a Storm"]

Production file held by National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. Script also held at the Scottish Theatre Archive, Glasgow University. Ref. code GB 247 STA Jy 17(1)

Tartan Shorts: A joint short film initiative funded by BBC Scotland and Scottish Screen National Lottery Fund. Three films per year commissioned for theatrical release and broadcast.

Credits: Maria Siobhan Redmond
William Neil Pearson
Husband Robert Carr
Deaf Woman Kay Gallie
Daughter Jannette Foggo
Chemist Ralph Riach
Jeannie Polly McGowan
Jeannie's Friend Susan Nisbet

With special thanks John Gow, Janet and John, Freelance, Charlie