Blue Black Permanent


Margaret Tait, Blue Black Permanent, 1992. Courtesy of the British Film Institute.

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Sunday 18 November 2018


This year marks the centenary of Scottish filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait’s birth. To mark the occasion, Towner Art Gallery will screen a brand-new restoration of Blue Black Permanent (1992) 

By the time she came to make Blue Black Permanent, her only feature and the first Scottish feature directed by a woman, Margaret Tait was in her seventies, a veteran avant-garde filmmaker with over thirty short films to her name, spanning all the way back to the 1950s. The film was shot on location and moves fluidly between Edinburgh and Tait’s home of the Orkney Islands. It stars Celia Imrie as Barbara, a woman attempting to come to terms with her mother’s death, through her childhood memories. Margaret Tait referred to her own work as ‘film-poems’ and Blue Black Permanent is no exception: a haunting and magical film, filled with flashbacks and dream sequences.