One of a strong set of documentaries made originally for the 1938 Glasgow Empire Exhibition. At the end of the Depression of the 1930s these films looked forward, documenting Scotland’s past while projecting Scotland’s future.
Original Format: 16mm
Sponsor: sp. Films of Scotland
Credits (.56) gvs Borders landscape, Cheviot Hills and shot of a Roman wall (1.49) Highland scenery (2.25) shot of stones weighing down heather roof thatch. Peat turf (2.34) A farmer feeding a lamb, cattle grazing, gvs men cutting and stacking peat (3.32) shots of Stirling and Edinburgh castles (4.08) blackhouses and a new house (4.30) gvs crofters at work, ploughing, etc (4.49) village church as people enter yard (5.08) statue of John Knox (5.19) ext. village school (5.39) brief shot of fishing village, shots of church (5.45) city church steeple (5.50) int. church, congregation sing hymns. Woman playing the organ as boy works bellows (6.35) Boy doing his homework (6.45) Landscape (6.55) shot inside classroom during lesson. gvs streets in Ecclefechan, birthplace of Thomas Carlyle (7.11) St. Salvator’s College in St. Andrews and Edinburgh Old College (7.26) inside lecture hall during a lecture. Student in candlelit attic room studying. Back to lecture room (7.45) student at window overlooking the Old Quad, Edinburgh (7.50) statue of Sir Walter Scott at the base of his monument in Edinburgh (7.54) shots inside operating theatre (8.02) model of Watt’s rotary steam engine, followed by shots of various liners built on the Clyde, Int. steel workshop and steel works (8.53) drawing of an old village, a factory chimney (9.08) shipyard workers leave yard. Long shot over rooftops to industrial landscape (9.17) shot of a ruined blackhouse (9.23) East end of Princes Street, Edinburgh (9.25) shots inside St. Vincent Bar, Edinburgh, as men drink, discuss football and play dominoes, intercut with shots of ruined crofts and blackhouses (9.57) riveters at work (10.05) int. steel works (10.28) half-moon battery, Edinburgh Castle, as the one o’clock gun salute is fired. Long shot across Princes Street from Castle (10.40) pipes and drums (11.00) Lone piper, dressed in rags, marches along the top of the trenches in World War I. Brief shot of men in trenches and of artillery fire (11.10) memorial and shrine at Edinburgh Castle (11.45) Scottish lion rampant flying from flagpole (11.52) United Airways aircraft [G-ACAN] as it takes off from airport (11.59) hydro-electric power station (12.07) shots of a football crowd, c/u and crowd scenes (12.55) pan over rooftops of Edinburgh and up to the castle (13.12) ecs (13.19)