We are thrilled to be part of this year’s annual film festival Scalarama and to mark the centenary of some women receiving the right to vote in the UK, ATLAS will host a night of cinema celebrating everything F‑rated at Dunvegan Castle, with the theme of pioneering creative women. ATLAS has collaborated with Neil Hepburn, former programmer of the Cameo Film Theatre in Edinburgh, his article on Scalarama Skye has been featured in the Scalarama 2018 publication and he has chosen two contemporary soundtracks to accompany both silent short films.
We will be showing three short films before our main feature Alexandra Dean’s brilliant documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.
La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy) by Alice Guy-Blaché, 1900 (remake of her 1896 film), 1 min 53secs
One of the earliest films ever made by what is considered to be the first ever narrative film, it tells the story of a popular French fairytale that baby boys are born in cabbages, and baby girls are born in roses. A silent film, with a contemporary soundtrack chosen by Neil Hepburn
L’Edifice Ephemere by Celine Duval, 2009, 1min 53secs
Celine Duval is a master of finding archive image and film footage and making it her own. This is a beautiful black and white silent film documenting bathers at the seaside accompanied by a soundtrack chosen by Neil Hepburn.
Mahogany Too by Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2018, 3mins
Mahogany Too, interprets the 1975 cult classic, Mahogany, a fashion-infused romantic drama. Starring Nigerian actress Esosa E., Mahogany Too, examines and revives Diana Ross’ iconic portrayal of Tracy Chambers, a determined and energetic African-American woman enduring racial disparities while pursuing her dreams. Mahogany Too uses analog film to achieve its vintage tones which emphasizes the essence of the character, re-creating Tracy’s qualities through fashion, modeling, and styling. Akosua Adoma Owusu (born January 1, 1984) is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer and cinematographer. Her films have screened internationally including Rotterdam, Locarno, Rencontres Internationales, Toronto, MoMA, BFI London Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival among others.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story by Alexandra Dean, 2018, 88mins
While best known as one of the most glamorous actresses in Hollywood in a career spanning almost three decades, Bombshell documents Lamarr’s brilliance in science and technology which led to the development of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, neither of which she was recognised for during her lifetime. It is only now that her full story is told. Director Alexandra Dean is a filmmaker, writer and producer known for her films Now (2002) and American Masters (1985).
Inspired by the energy and creativity of the legendary Scala Cinema (1978−1993), in 2011 a new festival was created that invited all cinemas to take part and share their passion. Since 2011, every September, cinemas, film clubs and film festivals plus various organisations and individuals who have a love for movies, have united to celebrate and encourage watching films together. This annual celebration sees September transform into a month of amazing films, screened in various locations and by all different types of people – from established picture palaces to newbies, completely new to screening films.
For their full line up of events – check out their website here…
The evening will be accompanied by a drinks reception in the dining hall of Dunvegan Castle.