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Being in a Place – A Portrait of Margaret Tait

UistFilm Presents Being in a Place – A Portrait of Margaret Tait, by Luke Fowler.  The film will be followed by a Q&A with co-producer Prof. Sarah Neely.

Drawing on a wealth of unseen archival material, including sound recordings, film rushes, offcuts and unpublished notebooks, Luke Fowler’s new feature film focuses on Margaret Tait (1918-1999), one of Scotland’s most enigmatic filmmakers. 

The film takes one of Tait’s unrealised scripts for Channel 4, entitled Heartlandscape: Visions of Ephemerality and Permanence, as its starting point and considers Tait’s life and work grounded within the landscape of Orkney. Tait was not interested in filming the scenery but instead looked at the precise details that constitute a place, the small things that are often overlooked. Exploring the process of filmmaking itself from the perspective of a fellow artist sensitive to Tait’s understanding of film as a poetic medium, Being in a Place pays tribute to the strengths in her method, the importance of fragmented bodies of work, and the intrinsic value in failure. 

In the spirit of the late filmmaker and poet, the film is as much a portrait of Tait’s beloved Orkney – the place she lived and filmed for most of her life – as it is about her. 

Luke Fowler is an artist, filmmaker and musician from Glasgow. Fowler’s film portraits often hinge on controversial figures or movements which have often been marginalised, erased or misrepresented by contemporary culture.  Co-producer Prof. Sarah Neely is a Professor in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Glasgow and has carried out many years of research on Tait’s life in work. 

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