The Bill Douglas Trilogy
Dir. Bill Douglas
UK 1972-1978 | Black & white | 108 mins | Drama
Cast: Stephen Archibald, Hughie Restorick, Jean Taylor Smith
Douglas's remarkable trilogy of powerful films of childhood and youth display an original and powerful artistic vision. The narrative arc is biographical; in Jamie, we embark on a journey into the artist's experience, growing up in a poverty-stricken mining village in the post-war era, at the mercy of brutal, loveless surroundings and the relatives and neighbours responsible for his welfare. But these films are not a depressing experience. Jamie is a survivor, bold and curious, and his story is ultimately redemptive. The cinematography is beautiful, creating visual poetry from startling, bleak monochrome images. When Bill Douglas died in 1991, British cinema lost one of its most original, and neglected artists.
MY CHILDHOOD (1972 / 47 mins / Cert PG)
MY AIN FOLK (1973 / 54 mins/ Cert PG)
MY WAY HOME (1978 / 72 mins / Cert 15)
Available on: 35mm, DVD
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