Made by the Sea is a Scottish tour of archive film screenings from Mull to Caithness.

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Part of BFI Britain on Film

Growing from the success of the urban tour Made in My Toun and rural tour Made on Our Land, Made by the Sea is a six-date tour offering a fascinating big screen presentation of life on Scotland’s coasts and seas through a unique selection of archive films from the Moving Image Archive of the National Library of Scotland and local museum archives. Join curator Shona Thomson for these unique selections of films about Scotland and the place where the event is taking place, with live commentary and performance.  Touring to key coastal communities, venues hosting Made by the Sea events include Scotland’s mobile cinema Screen Machine, Johnshaven Fish Festival, and the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy.

Screenings will be complemented by a post-event ‘blether’ with special guests: performers, specialists in local history and archives.

See Made by the Sea at one of the participating tour locations:

PORTSOY, Aberdeenshire // ULLAPOOL, Ross-shire // TOBERMORY, Isle of Mull // JOHNSHAVEN, Aberdeenshire // THURSO, Caithness // CASTLEBAY, Isle of Barra 

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Made by the Sea is part of Britain on Film, a major project from the BFI National Archive, Regional and National Archives and rights holders from across the UK that reveals new and unseen stories of our lives through the history of film. Unlocking the UK’s film and TV history – our national collection, much of it previously unseen – the season will open up our local histories and provide unprecedented online access to our screen heritage. As part of a major programme of digitisation, which started in 2012 and continues until the end of 2017, Britain on Film offers ways to discover, explore and engage with the newly digitised films. Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery.



Curator & Tour Producer: Shona Thomson at A Kind of Seeing

Project delivery partners: Film Hub Scotland, Regional Screen Scotland

Funding: Part of Britain on Film, a project supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery

Thanks to all our lovely tour venues and our special guests!

Images courtesy: The National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive // Film Hub Scotland // Chris Scott // STV Archive

Tour design: Snowball Design