Land Makar


Margaret Tait, Land Makar, 1981. Courtesy of the Margaret Tait estate and LUX.

Event Details

Tuesday 13 November 2018


Land Makar features three of Tait’s film poems exploring Highland and Island landscapes and their inhabitants. The programme will include an introduction from season curator Peter Todd.

Land Makar (1981) is a portrait of Tait’s farming neighbour Mary Graham Sinclair – a poet (‘makar’) of the land – as we follow her through the seasons. Alongside this, the BFI screen two short films: The Drift Back (1956), tracing a family’s return to the Orkney island of Wyre, and Caora Mor: The Big Sheep (1966), which echoes the harsh Highland Clearances of 1810-1820, and how ‘handed-down memories still affect people.’

Part of the BFI’s season Rhythm and Poetry: The films of Margaret Tait.