A special screening of Orkney Films is to take place at the Pier Arts Centre on Monday March 7 at 7.30pm. The programme will include films by Margaret Tait and the Orkney Movie Group. After the screening a discussion about the possibility of establishing a film festival in Orkney will take place. This meeting follows on from the recent film forum that was held at the Orkney Out There arts event at the St Magnus Centre last month and picks up on the work of groups and individuals across the county working with and presenting film.

The Pier Arts Centre hold a growing archive of the films of Margaret Tait and plan to show Aspects of Kirkwall: Occasions, 1977 which is one of a group of films recently donated to the Centre by the late filmmaker’s husband Alex Pirie. The film is part of a series by Tait detailing the changing townscape of Kirkwall, looking particularly at special events in the town including the County Show and a Remembrance Day Parade.

The Orkney Movie Group, which was formed in 2005 to provide a forum to produce short films and documentaries, will also be represented with a short film in the programme. Pris-Tech, produced by the Orkney Movie Group, is a is a sci-fi drama about a man who wakes up in prison not knowing how he got there and follows him as he tries to escape.

To conclude the programme Earth, Sky, Water by Mark Jenkins will be shown. It is a film informed by the installation of a poem by Thomas A Clark in a house of the Orkney Neolithic period (about 3,000 years BC) on the island of Wyre. The project was part of the exhibition Yellow and Blue by Thomas A Clark and Laurie Clark at Porteous Brae Gallery, Stromness in 2009.

The discussion will be led by Amanda Millen, Director of Screen HI and Mark Jenkins of SpliceFilm, Stromness.

The screening, which is free of charge, is being hosted by the Pier Arts Centre and anyone with an interest in film or in establishing an Orkney Film Festival is welcome to attend. Although the event is free of charge, spaces are limited so anyone who would like to attend is advised to book a place. For further information or to reserve a seat contact the Pier Arts Centre on 01856 850209 or andrew.parkinson@pierartscentre.com

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