The Films of Scotland Documentaries
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1937 - 1943

1955 - 1965

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1975 - 1982


Filming in Winter
Filming in Winter




Documentary pioneer John Grierson makes a speech in Stirling on the need for a non-fiction film movement in Scotland. The speech is taken up by the Scottish press.


The Scottish Secretary of State and the Scottish Development Council set up the first Films of Scotland Committee.


Seven films are produced for the 1938 Glasgow Empire Exhibition. The films are: The Wealth of a Nation, The Face of Scotland, They Made the Land, The Children's Story, Sea Food, Scotland for Fitness and Sport in Scotland.


The seven documentaries are screened in the American social science pavilion at the New York World Fair


Dundee, the only other documentary produced by the Committee before the war, is completed.


The Secretary of State for Scotland and the Scottish Development Council terminate the Committee, and its materials are deposited in the Central Office of Information.
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Author: Richard Butt Images are drawn from the SCRAN database.