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Date & Time
Wednesday, January 31 at 7:00 pm
Admission
Free and open to the public. More Info
Venue
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705
Description

Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait
(Luke Fowler, 2022, 60 min, UK, English, DCP)

 

Drawing on a wealth of unseen archival material, including sound recordings, film rushes, offcuts and unpublished notebooks, Luke Fowler’s new feature film focuses on Margaret Tait, one of Scotland’s most enigmatic filmmakers.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

 

A Portrait of Ga
(Margaret Tait, 1952, 5 min, UK, English, Digital File)

 

Portrait of the filmmaker’s mother. Filmed back on Orkney.

 

Happy Bees
(Margaret Tait, 1955, 17 min, UK, English, 16mm)

 

Happy Bees was intended to be an evocation of what it was like to be a small child in Orkney; when, one (wrongly) remembers, it was sunny all the time, and everything is bursting with life. A film about what surrounds a child, so quite a lot of it is watched at child level.” – Margaret Tait

 

A Place of Work
(Margaret Tait, 1976, 31 min, UK, English, 16mm)

 

“A close study of one garden and house and what could be seen there and heard there within the space of time from June 1975 to November 1975. An evocation of a place (in Orkney) with lifelong associations and latterly used as a work place. A family home, from which at the time of filming, the family had long gone. My own home in childhood and off and on through the years, eventually returned to and worked in (and on). Filmed in the months before leaving it.” – Margaret Tait

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