PENFEST 2023 – Local Film Evening

Local Film Evening

presented by the Penicuik Community Development Trust Cinema Group

Sunday 1st October 7pm

at the Cowan Institute (Town Hall), High Street, Penicuik

Tickets from the Arts Centre café, 4 West Street, EH26 9DL,  or online by clicking here.

The Penicuik Cinema Group is run by volunteers for the Community, under the umbrella of the Penicuik Community Development Trust (PCDT). Films are screened every Sunday evening, except during the summer holidays.

Four short films with a local connection will be screened on Sunday 1st October for the end of PENFEST 2023:

The Storm Watchers, directed by Gerda Stevenson, our local professional. Gerda will come along to give an introduction to this beautiful film. This is a powerful and poetic piece originally written as a play by Mackay Brown. The drama presents the lives, anxieties, regrets, fears and memories of women as they they deal with the waiting and the aftermath of a storm with all their men at sea.

The Wisp, directed by Ross Williamson, written by and starring Heather Bowry. Heather is the daughter of Nick Bowry, the rector of St James the Less “up the lane”.

Penicuik Gala Day 1953 – from the National Library of Scotland moving image archive. It shows shots of the Gala Queen’s coronation, and processions through the streets with accompanying pipes and drums, floats, horses and riders.

The Freedom Machine, directed by Jo Reid. The bicycle “has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world”!  So said Susan B Anthony – the 19th century American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.  The Freedom Machine – a new film edited by Scottish film curator Jo Reid – interrogates what freedom looks like for women cyclists over the last 100 years.  From opening a shiny new bike on Christmas morning to the grind of a daily commute, bicycles hold a multitude of meanings and opportunities for women across the world.  Using archival footage from across the UK’s film archives,  this entertaining compilation shows the ways women have used the bicycle to find freedom and independence on the road, the race-track and beyond.