Trib­ute to first Scots fe­male film di­rec­tor

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS - By Mar­ion Scott MASCOTT@SUNDAYPOST.COM

Scot­land’s first fe­male film di­rec­tor is be­ing cel­e­brated with a ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive of her work.

Or­ca­dian Mar­garet Tait was a dis­tin­guished poet, writer and film-maker, who made his­tory as the first fe­male Scots di­rec­tor of a fea­ture-length film – Blue Black Per­ma­nent, star­ring Celie Im­rie.

A na­tion­wide trib­ute is be­ing or­gan­ised by the Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute to mark the cen­te­nary of her birth next month.

“Tait’s unique mix of im­age, sound, rhythm and po­etry re­minds us of what cinema is and can be,” said an in­sti­tute spokesper­son.

Tait was born in Kirk­wall in Novem­ber 1918 and later moved to Ed­in­burgh to study medicine, serv­ing with the Royal Army Med­i­cal Corps in In­dia and the Far East dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

She later moved to Rome to study film and made her first short movie, One Is One, in Italy in 1951.

In 1954 she re­turned to Scot­land, set­tling in Ed­in­burgh and found­ing An­cona Films, even­tu­ally mak­ing more than 30 shorts, mostly about ev­ery­day life in the city.

She moved back to her beloved Orkneys in 1973 and worked as a locum to fund her film work. Rhythm and Po­etry – The Films of Mar­garet Tait – is at se­lected cine­mas around the coun­try from Oc­to­ber 29.

Film-maker Mar­garet Tait

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