Archive for Jonny Murray

I’ve got mine

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on October 12, 2019 by dcairns

On the new Blu-ray and DVD from Criterion you too may enjoy the sight of my terrible face asking questions at Bill Forsyth’s kindly, tolerant face.

Plus much more — four vintage TV documentaries, a commentary track, an essay by my coleague at Edinburgh College of Art, Jonny Murray.

And the film — which is rather wonderful. If you’ve never seen it but you trust me — get it!

A Book

Posted in FILM, literature with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2015 by dcairns

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I’m in a book!

Two entries in this whopping scholarly overview are written by me — one on Return to the Edge of the World, Michael Powell’s look back at the film which made his name, and one on  Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance, Chris Rodley and Kevin MacDonald’s scintillating documentary on that fascinating, Edinburgh-born rogue talent.

Huge thanks to Jonny Murray, film scholar and particular expert on the works of Bill Forsyth and Scottish cinema in general, who made the introductions necessary to get me the gig.

I wrote my entries AGES ago but various delays kept the thing from seeing the light until now. It takes a pleasingly broad view of what constitutes Scottish cinema — films made by Scottish directors abroad are not counted, but Hollywood movies set here, like BRIGADOON, do get a mention. There’s some special consideration of genre cinema (seven versions of the Burke and Hare story!) and detailed accounts of some relatively unreported movies, such as DONKEYS and GREGORY’S TWO GIRLS.

I’m just thrilled to be in a book!

Directory of World Cinema: Scotland (Ib – Directory of World Cinema)