Saturday, 14 June 2008

Historic cine films of the Island of Bute to be shown

A showing of several old films concerning the island of Bute is to be made on Thursday June 19th 2008. The programme features the 'premiere' of two recently discovered films from the Edwardian era.

"The Wedding of the 4th Marquess of Bute" will be introduced by Andrew McLean, the Bute family archivist. The film, which has been digitally restored by the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be shown for the first time in public since its original screening in the Marble Hall at Mount Stuart, Bute, in July 1905.

Janet McBain, curator of the moving image archive, will also introduce a newly preserved fragment of travelogue – a tram ride round Rothesay Bay in 1909. Discovered in a private collection in Germany, this short sequence of film has never been shown in Scotland before. Bute life in the 1920s will be further reflected through some of the topical films made by James Gillespie, manager of the Picture Palace in Rothesay. He filmed local events for showing in his cinema, inviting patrons to 'spot themselves on the silver screen'.

The event on Thursday 19th June is presented jointly by Mount Stuart and the National Library of Scotland, and commences at 19.00 at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute. Tickets cost £10 and are available from the Mount Stuart Visitor Centre, tel: 01700 503877 or e-mail:

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