Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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An evening at Dunvegan Castle celebrated female contributions to films.  

The ATLAS Arts all-female film programme, Scalarama Skye, formed part of the Scalarama national film festival, inspired by the Scala Cinema in London.

The Skye programme was held on Wednesday 5 September and included three short films, one of which was the first narrative films ever made by pioneering and prolific filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blache La Fée aux Choux.

The other two shorts, L'Edifice Ephemere and Mahogany Too, were by French artist, Celine Duval, and Ghanaian-American filmmaker and cinematographer, Akosua Adoma Owusu.

The main feature of the night, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story by documentary filmmaker, Alexander Dean, shone a light on the life of Hedy, whose talent in science and technological innovation led to her inventing frequency hopping, which was used to enable secure signals during the Second World War. This invention led on to the development of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, an accolade that has only recently been posthumously granted to her.

The film programme aimed at highlighting pioneering women in film that have been overlooked and hidden for too long, a powerful reminder that women despite their incredible achievements are still to be put on the same stage as male filmmakers.

But the show doesn't end here, as more film-making celebrations are planned for Wednesday 19 September at 7pm in the Skye Gathering Hall basement.

The event will be a celebration of the life of Margaret Tait in film in a special one-off screening. The works show the breadth of her practice from experiments with painting directly onto film stock in works such as Calypso (1955) to Portrait of Ga (1952) where Tait creates a personal biography of her mother and life in Orkney where she grew up. As part of this event, April (2018) by Sarah Forrest (which was filmed in North Uist) will also be screened. Forrest was the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award in 2017/18 and was the winner of the inaugural Margaret Tait Residency in 2012.

For these events, ATLAS has worked in collaboration with Neil Hepburn, freelance Inverness-based film programmer. 

ATLAS film programmer, Suzy Lee said: "We were delighted so many people joined us for our Directed by Women night at Dunvegan Castle where we have installed a bespoke screening room in their south wing. It was fantastic to show these incredible films that highlight gender inequality in film and technology."

All events are free. For more information and details about booking, contact Suzy by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01478 611143.

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