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Blue Black Permanent

Margaret Tait
84 mins Colour 35mm

Blue Black Permanent

Tait's debut feature is a haunting and magical film about a daughter's attempts to come to terms with her mother's mysterious death, not only through examining her own childhood memories but also going back further in time, to tales of her mother's own childhood. With an allusive structure filled with flashbacks and dreams, this is a delicate and poetic work of intense emotion.

Stills courtesy of BFI

Director: Margaret TAIT Year: 1992; Release: 1992; Copyright: 1992; Production: 1992 Production Company: Viz Productions, British Film Institute Production, Channel Four Television Company, Grampian Television, Scottish Film Production Fund, Orkney Islands Council, British Screen, Edinburgh District Arts Council

Country: Scotland

Synopsis: The story of a poet living in Edinburgh in the 1950s told through the eyes of her daughter.

Barbara Thorburn Celia IMRIE
Philip Lomax Jack SHEPHERD
Greta Thorburn Gerda STEVENSON
Jim Thorburn James FLEET
Andrew Cunningham Sean SCANLAN
Wendy Hilary MACLEAN
Sam Kelday Walter LEASK
Mrs Kemp Sheana MARR
Dan of Fea Eoin MacDONALD
Billy Spence Jimmy MOAR
Mary Kelday Liz ROBERTSON
Grandfather Bews Bobby BEWS
Roger Keith HUTCHEON
shoe salesgirl Mairi WALLACE
Mrs Brodie Pamela KELLY
Mrs Kilgour Joan ALCORN
Eileen Gowan CALDER
young Barbara Katie GROAT
Fergus James HOLMES
young Greta Elsa DAVIDSON
Donald Thomas PIRIE
newsreader Bill JACK
art critic Douglas SUTHERLAND
boatman Erlend TAIT
boatman Peter TAIT

Director Margaret TAIT
Executive Producer Ben GIBSON
Executive Producer Kate SWAN
Executive Producer Rod STONEMAN
Executive in Charge of Production Angela TOPPING
Producer Barbara GRIGOR
Co-producer Kate SWAN
Associate Producer Chris MacLEAN
Production Co-ordinator Avril WATT
Location Manager Sara BARR
Location Manager Andrea CALDERWOOD
Assistant Director Gus MacLEAN
Assistant Director Alison GORING
Casting Susie BRUFFIN
Screenplay Margaret TAIT
Director of Photography Alex SCOTT
Editor John MacDONNELL
Production Designer Andy SEMPLE
Costume Designer Lynn AITKEN
Make-up Irene NAPIER
Titles Paperdart
Music John GRAY
Pibroch/Vocals Allan MacDONALD
Music Director David McNIVEN
Music Recordist Brian YOUNG
Music Consultant Bob LAST
Sound Recordist Aad WIRTZ
Sound Recordist Adrian RHODES
Sound Editor Neil CASTELL

Running Time: 84 minutes Length: 7696 ft, 2347 m Colour Code: Colour Sound Code: Sound

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