Very old tonight

As a wee boy I was taken by my Granny to a theatre in Edinburgh to see a production of ‘Peter Pan’. Since then I have been fascinated with shadows. … Continue reading Very old tonight

Ploughgirl will be a Champion

Filmed at Corston Mill (now in ruins) near Strathmiglo, Fife. Music: Covers of ‘Since Yesterday’, one is by Karine Polwart and the other by a wonderful homemade artist, but alas, … Continue reading Ploughgirl will be a Champion

Fifeshire Murder

The murder of 15 year old Michael Swinton Brown, ‘Mickey’ as he was known locally in the quiet mining village of East Wemyss. On Saturday 20th February 1909, one national … Continue reading Fifeshire Murder

In every moment is a world unseen

I recently came across a postcard of Kilmaron castle. Four years ago I made this film about it: Kilmaron castle was demolished in the summer of 1985 and “Live Aid” … Continue reading In every moment is a world unseen

“Sold to one of Scotland’s wealthiest women”

In May of this year I visited an estate near Newport in Fife that had just been sold. I found the faux-Tudor-Italianate House to be dilapidated, and to my eyes, … Continue reading “Sold to one of Scotland’s wealthiest women”

“Balyarrow forever”

The weekend before last we were in Fife exploring it’s northern Kingdom. As we were coming up the hill towards Creich castle I noticed two dilapidated, square built, iron roofed … Continue reading “Balyarrow forever”

Dunbog House

Dunbog House, Fife, was demolished in 1952. An Eastern gable somehow survived and is now covered by ivy and surrounded by trees. This sad account of the house was given … Continue reading Dunbog House

The Magnetic and the True North

Have you travelled north? If so, have you ever reached ‘True North’? Do you consider ‘the Magnetic North’ to be the same as ‘True North’? And on this matter, how … Continue reading The Magnetic and the True North

“Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “

Last Sunday we were in Edinburgh to meet a cousin of my mother’s but having arrived early had some time to wander. Twenty five years earlier, one of my first … Continue reading “Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “

The forgotten village

Almost nothing of the village of Binn remains. It lives on in memory alone. This film is for Ella Rae. Ella’s voice opens this film. Ella would have loved Ashley … Continue reading The forgotten village

The oval walled garden

At the beginning of the week I visited an estate near Newport in Fife that has just been sold. The faux-Tudor-Italianate House is dilapidated, and to my eyes, not attractive. … Continue reading The oval walled garden

Stravaiging need not be lonely

On Monday I was driving nowhere in particular [it is often better than driving somewhere]. Hale Bopp was with me: stravaiging need not be lonely. We came across this gate … Continue reading Stravaiging need not be lonely