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Title: SUN WORSHIPPERS, the

Reference number: 8077

Date: 2002

Director: d. Les Wilson

Sponsor: Scottish Screen, BBC Scotland

Producer: Seona Robertson

Production company: Caledonia Sterne and Wyld

Sound: sound

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 68.27 mins

Description: This film celebrates Hill and Adamson’s legacy by blending dramatisation of the two men and their subjects – from the radical Free Kirk ministers and the Edinburgh intelligentsia to soldiers and fisherfolk – with documentary footage of modern photographers at work. [synopsis derived from Caledonia TV website at http://www.caledonia.tv/, last accessed 15/7/2009]

See also ref. 1496

Not to be confused with ref. 6380, which has a very similiar title.

Credits: w. George Rosie
m. Jim Sutherland

David Octavius Hill Robin Cameron
Robert Adamson Anthony Donaldson
Sir David Brewster Sandy Neilson
Hugh Miller James Macpherson
Miss Mann Shonagh Price
Elizabeth Rigby Alexandria Montgomery
Mrs Flucker Estrid B

Shotlist: David Hill and Robert Adamson were the first in the world to realise the artistic potential of photography. This creative Scottish partnership of artist and scientist worked at a furious pace, producing more than 3,000 beautiful images – lit only by the sun – in just three years in the 1840’s. Their new art was avant garde, exciting and controversial – Victorian Edinburgh’s Shock of the New.

This film celebrates Hill and Adamson’s legacy by blending dramatisation of the two men and their subjects – from the radical Free Kirk ministers and the Edinburgh intelligentsia to soldiers and fisherfolk – with documentary footage of modern photographers at work. Among them are Lord Snowdon – photographing Robbie Coltrane – and Chris Steele-Perkins of Magnum.
[synopsis from Caledonia TV website at http://www.caledonia.tv/, last accessed 15/7/2009]