Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Fèis Thiriodh: Archive Film Night

Last night Jo and I went over to the Rural Centre for 'an evening of archive film and television programmes from the 1930s to the 1980s, from the store rooms of An Iodhlann, Tiree's historical centre.' Although it initially felt a bit strange to be watching a movie in the auction ring it turned out to be a wonderful night's entertainment. Highlights included a film of the first plane to land on Tiree (1929), a home movie from 1957 with fascinating shots of Tiree Aerodrome and other local landmarks (most of which seemed unchanged), a BBC programme about the founding of the Crofter's Union, a visit in 1985 by four Tiree teenagers to Heathrow Airport to see Concord, and a BBC Alba programme about Tiree from 1992 - the year before we moved here. It was amusing at times to see many of our friends looking so much younger on film and a little sad also to once again see those cherished friends who have passed on since the making of these films from the 80s and 90s. The BBC Alba programme was hosted by Simon MacKenzie of Machair fame. I mentioned to Flora MacPhail that Simon had come to my door one night - the house where she and her family occupied before us - looking for her husband Hector. I was saddened to hear from Flora that Simon had passed away last year at the early age of 58.

More information about this year's Feis.

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