This poetic documentary, directed by Virginia Heath, made entirely of archive film footage from the National Library of Scotland and Scottish Screen Archive, was a joy to watch.
A journey into 20th century Scotland, a sequence of stunning images of ordinary folk going about their business, experiencing love and loss, work and play, resistance and immigration in their characteristically proud, dignified and resolute way; a folk that is equally determined, hard-working and whimsical.
Completely non-narrative, with only the original, lyrical soundtrack by King Creosote giving voice to the characters.
A few sequences through this 75-minute journey of pure nostalgia, I was completely captivated – visually and emotionally.
A journey so moving it brought a lump to my throat – and I have never even been to Scotland.
The film was commissioned as part of the Cultural Festival accompanying the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. It was screened with live musical accompaniment on Glasgow Green on 31 July 2014.