“LOST TREASURE” @ Pittenweem Arts Festival

8 08 2016

“LOST TREASURE” @ Pittenweem Arts Festival – Film with musical accompanists Drew Wright and Hamish Brown

In 1956 Glasgow-based socialist film-making collective the Dawn Cine Group embarked on Lost Treasure, an ambitious project confronting the rural depopulation crisis in the Highlands. Although 40 minutes of footage were shot across Sutherland and Caithness, including spectacular mountain views of Suilven, the film was never finished.


With land reform in Scotland as hotly topical now as it was in the 1950s, Lost Treasure is a unique opportunity to experience this beautifully atmospheric live audio-visual performance weaving together the footage with traditional songs, field recordings and archival recordings of oral history.


Drawing on techniques of agit-prop and Soviet montage and culminating in triumphant images of protest, the groups’ first production, Let Glasgow Flourish, nevertheless reveals the filmmakers’ sensitivity towards individual human stories. They followed this fifteen-minute film with an altogether more ambitious project.


The script for Lost Treasure grappled with the subject of rural depopulation. Deploying Gaelic and Scots folk song, it told the history of the Highlands & Islands through the depiction of a burgeoning romance between a crofter and a young Glaswegian on a camping holiday.


Members of the group researched the script over a two-week trip in July 1955, and raised finances through bake sales and lectures over the following winter. They returned the following July, during the Glasgow Fair fortnight, and shot forty minutes of footage – perhaps a third of the footage specified in the shooting script. The crofter was played by Bill MacGregor, whilst the female role was taken by Anne Wright Orr, a member of the amateur Charing Cross Players.

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Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF) commissioned musicians Drew Wright and Hamish Brown to respond to the abandoned film, carefully re-assembled by filmmaker Minttu Mäntynen.

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Drew Wright is principally a singer, of his own songs and traditional British folksong.
A key strand of his work is the presentation and performance of traditional material in new and unusual contexts.

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Hamish Brown is a composer and producer. His music has featured in theatre, live dance, Hollywood films, advertising and most places in between.
Minttu Mäntynen is a cinematographer and editor with nine years of experience in shooting drama, documentary and artists’ moving image.
Screened by: Colinsburgh Community Cinema

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The final event in the Festival 2016
Saturday, 13th August 7:30 at the Pittenweem Church Hall.
Tickets available online @:
Adult (£9.00 – 19 available):http://pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk/box-office.html…

Child (£4.50 – 5 available):http://pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk/box-office.html…
In person @:
ART@47
47 High Street
Pittenweem
KY102PG
01333 313109

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