Scotland to get BFI Mediatheque


Scotland is to have its very own Mediatheque facility from February, the BFI have announced.

Based at the Bridgeton Library in Glasgow, the Mediatheque will exhibit Scottish Reels, a commissioned collection of Scottish film and television from the BFI National Archive.

The collection will be permanently available alongside more than 2,500 films and TV programmes in Glasgow and at BFI Mediatheques around the UK.

Highlights include a documentary directed by Sean Connery on the decline of the Scottish shipyards, as well as the occult thriller The Wicker Man and Danny Boyle’s debut film Shallow Grave.

Heather Stewart, creative director at the BFI, said: “We are delighted to be working with colleagues in Scotland to bring the riches of these extraordinary national collections to the general public.

“There’s a wonderful excitement about seeing our world through the eyes of those long dead. Seeing a film shot on Jamaica Street, Glasgow in 1901 gives you a real sense of the past in a way that no other medium can.”

BFI Mediatheques are also located in London, Derby, Cambridge, Newcastle upon Tyne and Wrexham. More are expected around the country later this year.

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