Described as a ‘hidden gem’ and an SSSI, Lochmill is a small loch and ancient woodland near the Fife town of Newburgh. Owned by Scottish Water, but no longer required as the town reservoir, Lochmill was recently offered for sale. Last… Read More ›
Film and Animation
by George Gunn The current and on-going spats between Scottish film producers and Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government over budgets, training and a film studio and the ding-dong between singer and ex-army officer James Blunt and shadow… Read More ›
Continuing or reporting from RIC2024 we have this talk from the inspirational Bernadette McAliskey …
We interviewed Angela Haggerty, editor of the Common Space, Common Weal’s new media platform …
We interviewed Aamer Anwar at RIC2014 and asked him about how sees the movement going forward from here …
Cat Boyd reflects on the future of RIC and the radical indy movement on the day of the biggest gathering for years at the Clyde Auditorium
by Kevin Williamson As an unashamed film buff there’s something that’s been bugging me for years: Where are all the independently produced feature-length documentaries made in Scotland? Three years ago Anthony Baxter produced an absolute beauty with the internationally acclaimed You’ve… Read More ›
Elaine C Smith on security, futures and gender and why an independent Scotland can be force for a new creative empowerment …
Politics & Polling in the Independence Referendum. Polls are the Campaign. An exclusive look at the dark art of political polling in the Scottish Independence Referendum.
Robin McAlpine is closing down the Ministry of Common People on Your Knees, the Ministry of Stupid and the Ministry of Failure … From the brilliant Aye Talks series: Buy the book of Commonweal here.
This year’s Forsyth Hardy Lecture was delivered by David Archibald at 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival. In it he asked questions of Scotland’s film industry and what kind of a future it could face in an Independent Scotland. It’s published here in full. Should… Read More ›
With Jonathon Shafi …
We are loving Stephen Paton’s new weekly indy news roundup. Follow him on twitter @stephenpaton134 and be sure to subscribe to him on YouTube:
A film about independence from Jack Foster and Christopher Silver …
Mike Small, editor of Bella Caledonia. This is the first of three talks, with Carolyn Leckie and Alan Bissett (March 2014 ) at Yes Kirkcaldy. “It’s time to throw off the pathological deference of Unionism …”
Inspiring video to go with the stylish launch of Commonweal … is this what democracy looks like?
The Edinburgh People’s Festival, now in its 12th year, is about to embark on its most ambitious project yet; making a film depicting the reality behind Britain’s 2nd richest city. ‘Edinburgh: A Divided City’ will be made by professional film-makers… Read More ›
1. GO WILD IN THE COUNTRY (FORTINGALL) Strictly speaking our Fuzzy Friday feature is about events in Scotland that Bella thinks worthy of flagging up to our perpetually curious, open-minded and cultured readership. The Fortingall Yew isnt a scheduled event,… Read More ›
Love this trailer for We Are Northern Lights! which will premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 16) The film was created from footage submitted by the general public in Scotland over 3 months in 2012.
Beautiful short film of the capital by Walid Salhab
by Kevin Williamson Tonight’s the night. Its the grand opening of the new Summerhall arts complex‘s festival programme, in conjunction with The List magazine’s annual festival shenanigans. This will be the first time most of the 1,500 guests will have… Read More ›
Much as I’d have walked over broken glass to interview Francis Ford Coppola for Bella someone else beat me to it. Film critic Ariston Anderson has done a very fine job indeed for The 99% webzine. If ever a film-maker… Read More ›
(Streeps) easly as good as Rory Bremner and miles better than Mike Yarwood…
Below is a 2 part video essay “Chaos Cinema” by Matthias Stork. “Chaos cinema apes the illiteracy of the modern movie trailer. It consists of a barrage of high-voltage scenes. Every single frame runs on adrenaline. Every shot feels like… Read More ›