SHETLAND’s annual film festival Screenplay, which starts later this month, will offer the rare opportunity to watch Rosie Gibson’s drama documentary about women’s work in Shetland, The Work They say Is Mine.
Made for Channel 4 in 1985, the film features a host of local women including Rosemary Inkster, Maureen Burke, Kitty Bairnson, Laura Malcolmson and Jeannie Hardie, and is described by Shetland Arts as a “true blast from the past” that can be enjoyed on the big screen and in the presence of the director.
Other special guests this year include the man behind Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park, award-winning actor Timothy Spall, and talented British actor/writer/directors Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.
Kathy Hubbard, who again curates the festival alongside film critic Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams, said the trio had again selected a wide range of feature films and documentaries.
“Screenplay is an opportunity to immerse yourself in cinema – we have so many feature films, documentaries, family films and our usual Look North strand of films from Scandinavia and Canada that folk will truly be spoilt for choice,” she said.
“And of course, our usual screenings of short films made by Shetlanders, which are always popular.”
The programme includes titles like hilarious comedy Swimming With Men (starring Rob Brydon and a stellar British cast), Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton’s final cinema appearance) and what Hubbard describes as “the quintessential Screenplay Look North film”, Tongue Cutters, a documentary about the children who help process the cod catch in North Norway.
There are premiere and preview screenings of films not yet available in UK cinemas, including The Etruscan Smile which stars Brian Cox and the utterly moving documentary Nae Pasaran about the East Kilbride Rolls Royce workers’ refusal to work on Chilean Airforce jet engines in the 1970s.
The festival runs at Mareel between 24 August and 2 September. Programmes are available at Mareel and in various outlets around Shetland, and it can also be accessed online at https://www.shetlandarts.org/our-work/festivals/screenplay
Tickets are available as of Friday morning at tickets.shetlandarts, over the phone on 01595 745500 or in person at Mareel.