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Highlight Arctic Festival
Ideas of North: Our Reels

Sat 4 March 2017

A true pioneer in every sense of the word, Isobel Wylie Hutchison was an explorer, a poet, a botanist and an all-around badass. Born in West Lothian in 1889, her travels through Iceland, Greenland and Alaska were accompanied by her camera, with which she made a series of fascinating films, all of which capture the landscape which Hutchison was enthralled by and would continue to return to over several years.

For this screening, three of Hutchison's short films - Kayak Rolling, The Great Jakobshavn Iceberg Bank and Flowers and Coffee Party at Umanak - will be screened, accompanied by a newly-commissioned score by Edinburgh-based composer Atzi Muramatsu.

This screening will also include Pitaqangittuq, a film made by community-based Igloolik circus and multimedia company, Artcirq. This half-hour work connects Hutchison's explorations of the 1930s to the present with a personal and deeply-felt meditation on encroaching climate change and its pernicious effects on Arctic communities in 2010, and imaginings of how communities might need to adapt to it in the future.

With thanks to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for the films of Isobel Wylie Hutchison. Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of BFI’s Film Audience Network.

This screening is F-rated. Films are given an F-rating if directed by women, written by women and/or present significant female characters on screen, in their own right. f-rated.org.