Lost Treasure

I’m currently working on this with Wounded Knee and filmmaker Minttu Mantynen. Lost Treasure is an unfinished project by The Dawn Cine Group, a 1950s film-making collective from Glasgow with political and social objectives. Working with the 40 minutes of silent black and white footage and the original script, we made a new piece in response to this material and the ideas contained within it, many or which are live today – including land reform, urbanisation, mechanisation and the workings of the rural economy.

Commissioned by the Glasgow Short Film Festival as the Opening Gala event for the 2016 edition, the film is currently touring UK-wide with live score. There has been coverage in The Guardian, The Wire, The List, Glasgow Film, Product and a couple of pieces on the BBC news. Via this coverage, we’ve been able to meet with some of the relatives of the original group, including the wife of the lead actor William MacGregor (she’s a sprightly 94), their son, and other relatives of the group, many of whom feature in the film as children.

Photo:  Jassy Earl
Photo: Jassy Earl

Live screenings

Wednesday 16 Mar 2016
Glasgow Film Theatre
Opening event of Glasgow Short Film Festival

Saturday 16 April 2016
Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness

Sunday 17 April 2016
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee

Thursday 21 April 2016
Merlin Cinema, Thurso
(In partnership with Lyth Arts Centre)

Friday 22 April 2016
Timespan Museum & Art Gallery, Helmsdale

Saturday 23 April 2016
Eden Court, Inverness

Thursday 28 April 2016
Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh
(Part of The Folk Film Gathering)

Saturday 13 August
Pittenweem Arts Festival

Thursday 25 August
Lochinver (with Screen Machine)
Part of the BFI Britain on Film project and Made on Our Land)

Friday 23 September 2016
The Core at Corby Cube
Part of the Nene Valley Festival.

Sun 1 Jan 2017
Screening in the Playfair Library at This:Land, an event forming part of Scot:Lands, a free, city-wide programme of performances on New Year’s Day as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Also on bill – a live score of John Grierson‘s Drifters from Jason Singh. Presented by A Kind of Seeing.