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Call of the North

  • Hippodrome 10 Hope Street Bo'ness, Scotland, EH51 0AA United Kingdom (map)

This event celebrates the work of the amazing Isobel Wylie Hutchison (1889–1982) – a Scottish filmmaker, botanist and writer, as well as an intrepid Arctic explorer. Hutchison travelled to Alaska and Greenland, filming the things she saw around her, the landscape and the wildflowers growing there, uniquely dwelling on domestic details and the daily lives of the indigenous people she met.

Multi-talented Scottish singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson will introduce the life of this extraordinary and pioneering woman, and perform song settings of Hutchison’s own poetry. For the second part of the evening Scotland-based Japanese composer Atzi Muramatsu will perform his powerful contemporary composition, inspired by three Hutchison films (score commissioned by Yasmin Al-Hadithi for Highlight Arts).

Dir. Isobel Wylie Hutchison | Greenland/Scotland | 1935 | N/C U | Kayak Rolling | The Great Jakobshavn Iceberg Bank | Flowers and Coffee Party at Umanak |

1h 30m incl. Q&A

Performing live: Gerda Stevenson (voice), Rob MacNeacail (fretless bass guitar), Atzi Muramatsu (cello)

This event will be enhanced by BSL interpretation plus electronic note-taking

Screening material courtesy of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Supported by Highlight Arts and the BFI National Lottery Fund

Note: if the event is shown as ‘ sold out’ please contact the HippFest Box Office directly on 01324 506850 to enquire about ‘heritage seating’ availability or to be added to a waiting list.