North East Corner
Three Scottish films from 1946 about rural issues, many still relevant today.
North East Corner (1946, b/w). A retiring Fraserburgh skipper compares his life with that of a modern fisherman and farmer, in this view of the area’s industries, scenery and history. Memories of the hard times of the 1930s, when many fisherfolk were ruined, are still vivid. His daughter is married to a progressive farmer, 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.
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.
Director: Ralph Keene. Assoc Producer: Edgar Anstey; Camera: Peter Hennessy; Editor: Denis Hopper.
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. Features Ealing stalwarts, Anthony Baird ("Dead of Night") and Edie Martin ("The Titfield Thunderbolt", & "The Lavender Hill Mob"), Filmed in many familiar locations, including the Dean Village, Edinburgh. But will our hero win the day?
Art Director: George Haslam.
Cast: Baillie Brownlee: Leo Hunter; Maggie Brownlee: Sheila Latimer; Hector Andrews: Anthony Baird; Miss Lindrum: Edie Martin.
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 75 mins, b/w.