Archive Gilbertson films to be screened
Several of the late film-maker Jenny Gilbertson’s productions are being screened next week, with the hope of identifying some of the people who appeared in them.
The two screenings, at Shetland Museum and the Hillswick hall, have been organised by Gilbertson’s biographer Shona Main, along with the Shetland Moving Image Archive, Scottish Screen Archive and Shetland Film Club.
The films are some of Gilbertson’s earliest, from 1932 to 1934, and were largely made in the North Mainland of Shetland.
The Shetland Museum screening, on Sunday from 1.15pm, will feature Rugged Island with entry costing £2.50.
Then on Thursday at Hillswick, with a 7.10pm start, those on show will be A Crofter’s Life in Shetland, Cattle Sale, From Hillside to Home (aka Scenes for a Croft Life), In Sheep’s Clothing and Da Makkin o’ a Kishie. If time permits Rugged Island will also be shown.
The latter event is free but donations will be gratefull received as will homebakes for the tea break. It is hoped that Gilbertson’s daughters Helen Thomson and Ann Black will be in the audience.
Main said: “These films were largely filmed in Northmavine, particularly around Hillswick using and featured local crofters, yet there is no full record of who was in them or where they were filmed.
“We are hoping that those whose family members were in them will come along but all enthusiasts of Gilbertson, Hillswick/Northmavine and Shetland films are welcome to come and help.
“Shetland Film Club are helping with the projection of the film: we’ll show the film and ask folk to contribute. And if other information and stories come tumbling out, all the better.
“We are hoping these screenings will be fascinating but fun and will remind people of the value and beauty of Gilbertson’s work that captured the people of Shetland and a way of life forever changed.
“As a pioneer of documentary and of realism, Gilbertson’s work is hugely significant to the history of documentary film – and this history happened here, in Shetland.”