Mr Magoo and Brideshead Revisited: now that is a strange combination! Almost as mad as myopia and dynamite when put together!
This film is about Charles Brand Ltd, Dundee. This company demolished, or partly demolished, much of the ‘built history’ that still survived in Scotland in the 1950s and 1960s. Not just grand houses, but also factories, castles, railway stations, streets and municipal buildings.
Mr Charles Brand outlived the buildings that he demolished and died just short of his 99th year.
This film considers this destruction, passing time, and our sense of place.
In the end, all that survived was age-old feeling.
As ever, I am indebted to Evelyn Waugh, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Tomas Tranströmer, Ted Hughes and others who must forgive me if I forget to acknowledge their undoubted influence.