Rebel Landscapes


New scores for archival 16mm films of Scottish rural life from the early 20th Century drawn from the Scottish Screen Archive, organised by Screen Bandita.

Performances in Edinburgh at the International Festival of Ethnographic Film and a tour of the Outer Hebrides in September 2013.

Blog about the Hebridean tour here.


Here’s what the organisers, Screen Bandita say about the project:

Rebel Landscapes is a journey into Scottish folklore, tradition and landscape, explored through a programme of carefully curated, archival 16mm film and specially commissioned live soundtracks played by four artists loosely working within the folk music idiom.

The original Rebel Landscapes event premiered in Edinburgh in 2011 to a sell-out audience, and spurred on by this positive response, Screen Bandita decided to undertake the touring of the programme to the geographical areas central to these archival films. In essence taking these historical documents back to the communities and settings that originated them.

The short film selection is drawn from the Scottish Screen Archive’s extensive 16mm print collection and explores themes relating specifically to folklore: local traditions and customs, dances, crafts, fishing, crofting all feature, as does the landscape.

The live musical scores have been created specifically in response to the moving image by contemporary folk musicians Wounded Knee, Hanna Tuulikki, Rob St John and Tom Western, who will be performing thoughtful and engaging pieces to films:

Eriskay: A Poem of Remote Lives, 1934;
The Crofters of Wester Ross, 1939;
Isles of the West, 1939;
Cruise to St Kilda and the Western Isles, 1929.