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Online Film Festival

10th August – 6th September


Woman | Scottish Film | Nature |Diversity


Dumfries & Galloway’s Cinema Exhibitors




Archive: Still available to watch online:

Engage: Journey Through the Archives

Shona Thomson, curator of A Kind of Seeing, has brought together a double bill of different cinematic perspectives on South-West Scotland drawn from the archives and bonded by the journeys they take us on.


Watch the films online, then meet the filmmakers via recorded Zoom panel on Driftwood Cinema’s Facebook livestream:


In 1972, Mark Littlewood, one of Scotland’s leading documentary filmmakers and cinematographers, was commissioned to make a film exploring and promoting the vast area from Galloway to Girvan. THE QUIET COUNTRY (24 mins) was his response starring city slickers Tony Roper and Xanthi Gardner on a blissed-out road trip through time and place. Watch the film on the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive website:


Over 40 years later, artist filmmakers Emma Dove and Mark Lyken acquired an elderly Hackney Cab from London and toured the Dumfriesshire countryside creating their work BONESHAKER (16 mins) by gathering footage and interviewing people in the back of the taxi studio about their memories, connections and relationships to the region. Watch the film on Vimeo:


At 6pm on Thursday 20 August, Shona was on Zoom with the filmmakers Mark Littlewood and Mark Lyken to discuss the similarities and differences between their work, as well as show a few clips from their films.


Take just 40 minutes to watch the double bill of films. They’re both available online now at the links above and will remain available after the screening.


Engage: Biospheres & Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially re-imagine a new world.


Join David Borthwick: Programme Director of the MLitt Environment, Culture and Communication at Glasgow University in conversation with:
Ed Forrest Biosphere Co-ordinator at Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Unesco Biosphere and
Elizabeth Tindal a Freeland Ranger working primarily in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire (


They will be discussing the film but also talking about the concept of a Biosphere, how they are managed and their importance to both Scotland and this region.


The panel discussion took take place via Zoom on Wednesday 26th August at 7:30pm.

BUT… You can watch again at:


Earth, Wind & Fire

Shorts programmers Morvern Cunningham and Sanne Jehoul bring you a collection of short films from Scottish-based female filmmakers and filmmaking teams, under the theme of Earth, Wind & Fire.


Morvern and Sanne will be talking to the filmmakers about their creative process, their other works and the current filmmaking landscape in Scotland.


Here’s a list of the Short Films selected:

Forest Floor | Robbie Synge and Julie Cleves
How The Earth Must See Itself (A Thirling) | Lucy Cash and Simone Kenyon
Exchange and Mart | Cara Connolly and Martin Clark
Sea Front | Claire Lamond
Meet Me By The Water | Raisah Ahmed
Plastic Man | Yulia Kovanova
Be Different Today | Juliana Capes and Ruth Barrie


You can view the Panel discussion with some of the filmmakers from at:


Do you remember the 1st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away

Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing
As we danced in the night
Remember how the stars stole the night away….



Engage – a cross-organisation season of film events presented by CatStrand, Driftwood Cinema and South West Media Factory alongside freelance film exhibitors like Shona Thomson/A Kind of Seeing as part of the UK-wide Film Feels Connected screening season supported by the BFI Film Audience Network.


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