To See Oursels

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


2014 was a big year for Scotland with questions of Scottish history, culture and identity looming large in many peoples’ minds. I was commissioned by Film Hub Scotland to curate and lead on the nationwide delivery of 'To See Oursels', an entertaining and stimulating opportunity tae think again about such matters. A diverse range of classic Scottish film and television drama screenings, programme notes, expert introductions and panel discussions shone a spotlight on some of the key ways, both past and present, in which Scotland has understood itself – and in which the wider world has understood the Scots.29 screenings of 7 films and tv programmes were held in 6 venues covering the length and breadth of Scotland in August and September 2014, in the run up to the Scottish referendum on independence. 21 of the screenings were accompanied by an introduction, Q&A or panel discussion. 15 special guests took part in the season including Bill Forsyth, director of Local Hero, John Byrne, writer of Your Cheatin’ Heart, Bill Paterson, actor in The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, and King Creosote, composer of the From Scotland with Love soundtrack. 6 specially commissioned programme notes, written by me, were made available to audiences in cinemas and online via venues’ websites.There were 3,049 admissions across 29 screenings during the season.
Period3 Aug 201414 Sept 2014
Event typeOther
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational