Jean Urquhart & The Ceilidh Place
Liz Thomson [@Lizzie_Thomson_] spent a weekend with former MSP Jean Urquhart to document stories about her life managing The Ceilidh Place; her time as an MSP, commitment to the anti-nuclear movement, and resulting decision to leave the SNP. This film gives a glimpse into the unique life of one of Scotland’s most respected activists – and the history of a business that began as a café in a boat shed in 1970 – and quickly evolved into an important hub for political and cultural activity in the Highlands. An 11 minute film was never going to scrape the surface of Jean’s life, and for every story captured here, she has at least 100 more – which hopefully she will write down for posterity one day soon.
Liz Thomson is a political researcher, writer and (aspiring) documentary film maker.