40s Scotland: North East Corner

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40s Scotland: North East Corner, is a set of three Scottish films about rural issues, many of which are still relevant today.

The films have been sourced from the Central Office of Information Collection.

The first film, North East Corner (1946, B/W) sees a retiring Fraserburgh skipper comparing his life with that of a modern fisherman and farmer in this view of the area’s industries, scenery and history.

Memories of hard times of the 1930s, when many fisherfolk were ruined, are still vivid.

His daughter is married to a progressive farm, and his son has taken over his boat.

Then to the North East capital, Aberdeen, to enjoy the much-loved Scots entertainer, Alec Finlay, on stage at the Tivoli Theatre.

In Crofters (1946, B/W), this rarely seen film takes a look at everyday life in the crofting community of Achriesgill in Sutherland.

The mail van from Lairg brings passengers and vital supplies. Modern houses are replacing derelict cottages.

The crofters are seen sheep clipping, milking, fetching water, cutting peat, making hay and lobster fishing.

In the final film, The Glen is Ours (1946, B/W), this comedy/drama is a timeless parable of politicians at odds with the will of their electorate.

Recently de-mobbed Hector Andrews fights an election to stop Cadisburn Glen, the local Lover’s Lane, being sold.

This features Ealing stalwarts Anthony Baird (‘Dead of Night’) and Edie Martin (‘The Tiffield Thunderbolt’ and ‘The Lavender Hill Mob’), filmed in many familiar locations including the Dean Village, Edinburgh, but will our hero win the day?

The films are being released on DVD format on September 19, at a cost of £16.33.

Scottish-based Panamint Cinema is one of the UK’s longest standing producers of documentary DVD and Blu-ray discs, and recently produced ‘Faces of Scotland’, the first Scottish Blu-Ray high definition disc.

Established by Russell Cowe in 2001, the company has a catalogue of more than 70 historical and nostalgic titles, covering life and work throughout the United Kingdom during the last century.

Panamint Cinema works closely with the nation’s major film archives, including The British Film Institute, The Imperial War Museum Film Archive, The Scottish Screen Archive, The South West Film and Television Archive, The Royal Mail Film Library and many independent film producers.

For further information on any of the films available from the company, contact Russell Cowe at Abercorn Schoolhouse, By Newton, West Lothian, EH52 6PZ.

Alternatively, telephone 0844 310 9394 or email cinema@panamint.co.uk or visit the website www.panamint.co.uk