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I've pre-ordered this, having been impressed by it on TV. I loved the way that it turned my expectations upside down. Instead of being a quiet unpopulated country it turns out that Scotland is seething with people, who cannot stop moving, are always going somewhere, and might start running at the least provocation. I enjoyed the fact that the film made me want to view everything like Picasso, seeing places from all angles and in all time periods simultaneously. I was impressed by the apparent ease with which it presented me with hundreds of stories, all complete, comprehensible and fascinating, although some of them lasted mere seconds, and how the stories needed no explanation beyond the images and the music. At one point there is a poster saying "She wears nothing but a smile", which is highly prescient as this wonderful film is going to make a lot of people smile a very great deal.
Golly this is good and with a stunning soundtrack from King Creosote to accompany the visuals. You dont have to be Scottish to appreciate this wonderful film. For anyone with a heart. It really makes you think hard about the hardships prevailed on previous generations and the love and warmth they had for each other. A film that has been made with a real depth of love and affection.
I saw this film on TV in the runup to the Scottish independence referendum, and loved it so much I had to buy the DVD (and the CD too for the car). The music is great - I'd never heard of King Creosote but it was lovely lilting gentle music, somehow modern and nostalgic at the same time. The images show a huge variety of aspects of Scotland, holidays, work, street scenes. Altogether a picture of Scotland that I'll want to watch over and over again. I'm not a Scot, although I lived there briefly, but this is enough to make me want to be one.
As amazing as I knew it would be! Ordered one for a friend to enlist another Kenny Anderson devotee. Very poignant glimpses into Scottish social history, with a King Creosote backing track,,,,what's not to like? Items arrived within estimated timescale. Another good purchase from a reliable supplier.
Something for Scots and the Lovers of Scotland (like us) to appreciate. Images of people working and enjoying themselves from the archives which always proved interesting. Good soundtrack from King Creosote (but a different mix to the CD). It might benefit from sub-titles for the songs to assist the hard of hearing. We will be watching this again from time to time as there is plenty of detail here!
We saw this on TV and just had to buy the DVD to watch again. It was a delight - the music was just right, and a real glimpse into the past. Ordinary people going about their business, usually with great energy, fun and a sense of community. Health and safety didn't get much of a look in in these times, no mobile phones, much fewer possessions but everyone looked as though they were making the most of life. Great to spot places we knew, things that had happened, how different life was back then.
I have watched this film four times now - first on TV then bought both the DVD and the CD - and I would be astonished if I don't land up watching it another dozen times. The archive film combined with exquisite music conjures up such a gamut of emotions. 'Largs', 'For one night only' and 'Bluebell cockleshell 123' are just bursting with exhilaration and humour, while 'Miserable strangers' and 'Leaf piece' are particularly poignant. If you like the music (how could you not???), go and buy some of the earlier albums. My particular favourites are: Bombshell, KC Rules OK and Rocket DIY
I loved this DVD. The music which accompanies it by King Creosote (whom I had never heard of before) is for me,an exiled scot very haunting and goes well with the programme. There is no narrative but with the music one does not miss it. I am no Nationalist, but it brought tears to my eyes,and a yearning for Scotland and for my ancestors. I will watch it again and again.
Having seen the truly wonderful British Sea Power/ Penny Woolcock "From the land to the sea beyond" and loved it (how could anyone not?)...watched this on the BBC...just beautiful and a must-have. The music by the genius Kenny Anderson (KC) would be enough but with the film...just absolutely stunning.