Here’s a clip of Alexander Mackendrick talking about his film teaching work, culled from a BBC Scotland arts show called Scope. Since Mackendrick was raised in Glasgow (and has the genteel accent to prove it), Scottish broadcasters showed quite a bit of interest in him over the years. I must have a dozen interviews.
Thanks to the Shadowplay secret agent who liberated this from the BBC archives and copied it, before sneaking it back in.
Paul Cronin, editor of On Film-making, the insuperable study put together from Mackendrick’s CalArts lectures, had to whittle down a substantial set of notes to make a single coherent volume, and one of the things he mentioned removing was a section looking at TV coverage of the Watergate Hearings — so it’s great to find part of that material covered in the above clip.