From Chicago, Illinois, to Scotland, with Love!
FSWL will be screening at the 19th Chicago European Union Film Festival!
"...A treat for the eyes and a gift fr...om the past, this haunting composite portrait of Scotland’s twentieth century is composed entirely of archival footage from Scottish film archives.
From the shipbuilding banks of the Clyde to the highlands and the Hebrides, there is nary a tartan-tinged cliché to be found. The might of the Industrial Revolution is seen in the smokestacks, spinning gears, and working throngs of Glasgow, while life in the rural villages and distant islands is glimpsed in all its beauty and hardship in a few rare and fragile minutes preserved on film.
Director Virginia Heath pored over hundreds of hours of footage to assemble an evocative progression of decades and themes. Without dialogue and accompanied by an original score by Scottish musician and composer King Creosote..."
Campaigning film for 'Scotland's Moving Image Archive' is launched: Virginia Heath, director of 'From Scotland With Love’, is interviewed about the importance o...f preserving archive film for cultural heritage along with Kirsty Wark, Brian Cox (actor), Ian Rankin, Bill Paterson and other Scottish luminaries. A clip of 'From Scotland With Love' is included featuring the playful beach sequence.
Fun hypereal music video I directed for the brilliant Emma Pollock's new single Parks and Recreation. Her album In Search of Harperfield has just been launched to great success.
If Emma Pollock’s long-awaited new album ‘In Search of Harperfield’, explores themes of family, place and time, then the urgent call and response of ‘Parks and Recreation’ finds us in the company of a younger Pollock: engaged in a fight or flight scenario with local bams, and delivering us a gilt-edged slab of alternative pop in the process.
Praise for 'In Search of Harperfield':
“Beautifully crafted…an excellent record” MOJO [4/5]
“Sumptuous songs…bewitching…breathtaking” The Sunday Times
“One of our most vital, poetic and singular voices – a career high” The Herald - Scotland
From her earlier career with The Delgados through her excellent brace of solo long players, Emma’s ability to craft leftfield earworms has never been in doubt; with this new single, she's broken her half-decade’s silence with the barreling rhythms of her former band and the urgent guitars of alt-pop heroes Tanya Donnelly and Kristin Hersh.
"...The soundtrack to Virginia Heath’s gorgeously poetic documentary is an affecting fusion of folk and chamber music – the sound of waves crashing off the Fife coastline, as seagulls swoop across Super 8 skies..."
Beautiful performance of 'Cargill' at Yellae Deuks earlier this year by King Creosote...
"...From Scotland With Love is a beautiful collection of archive footage about workers, family, factories, pubs, tea breaks, peat bogs and children... Filmmaker Virginia Heath wanted to instil a sense of pride in Scotland and document its rich, sociable history..."
"...It’s always a treat to see film-makers trying something different. In this stirring audio-visual postcard, Virginia Heath galvanises history by pairing archive footage (from the earliest and most striated to gaudy and colour-saturated) with King Creosote’s haunting indie folk..."
Via Radio Times
**** Star Review from The Telegraph
So well deserved!
‘From Scotland With Love successfully and mo...vingly unites past and present, old and new, sight and sound. Another diamond’ - Uncut
‘An image-rich rumination on Scotland past and present’ – MOJO
‘Peculiarly beautiful and affecting’ – Q
Very much deserved!
Well done KC!!
"...What better time to make a poetic film exploring the history of the country, compiled entirely from archive footage and set to the music of one the country's most respected contemporary folk musicians..?"
Via The Guardian
"...The hundreds of clips, dating roughly from the early 1900s to the early 1970s, have been woven together by director Virginia Heath with a specially composed new soundtrack by the wide-ranging Fife singer-songwriter King Creosote...
...Often, individual clips are so striking, so charming, so strange or so stunning you wish you could stop and see the rest of the footage they came from..."
"...it's clearly a labour of love, and you can hear the emotion in the accordions, guitars, cellos and heartfelt lyrics...
...'Something to Believe In' sounds as timeless as the Highlands..."