JJ Films – Revisited

Sunday 19th September / 5PM @ The Maltings Theatre

An extraordinary family archive dating back to the late 1920s, documenting the life and times of the Scottish Borders. Shot by Rev. John Jackson of Coldstream and preserved by The Scottish Screen Archive, this will be the first public screening of the full collection since the filmmaker’s death in 2006.

The Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival first showed the films of Rev. John Jackson of Coldstream and his father at the 2005 Festival. This extraordinary family archive dates back to the mid 1920s and is a fascinating documentation of the architecture, landscape, life and times of the Borders and Central Scotland, including rare footage of Glasgow and Edinburgh between the wars.

John Jackson was one of a number of devoted cinephiles who served the ministry by using film in and for the local community. During his life he was always steadfastly non-digital, always shooting on ‘real film’, editing traditionally with a splicing block and cement, and projecting his own films with commentary for a public audience. Shortly before his death in December 2006 he contacted the Festival to assist in preserving the collection and gave permission for its digital transfer from the original 16mm masters. The collection was lodged with the Scottish Screen Archive who over a two-year period have painstakingly transferred, preserved and logged over 8 hours worth of material.

This will be first time that the JJ Collection has been screened since Rev. Jackson’s death and will include some films not publicly seen before, including a postwar family holiday in Wooler, a 1970’s study of Bonnybridge reunited with it’s original soundtrack and the last footage that he shot in 2005 of the Norham Scarecrows. We will also being showing an extract of Rev. Massie Milne’s film on 1940’s and 50’s Eyemouth, which has also recently become part of the Scottish Screen Archive.

East Coast North - 1928-30c | 7 mins | 16mm
England & Scotland (extract)- 1926-47 | 6 mins | 16mm
Edinburgh & Glasgow- 1934-35 | 12 mins | 16mm
Wooler Holiday- 1946 | 6 mins | 16mm
Coldstream and Berwick Scene Roundup (extract)- 1964-69 | 6mins | 16mm
Days On and Off (extract)- 1970’s | 6mins | 16mm
Two Thousand and One Paces (extract)- 1974| 6 mins | 16mm
Cine Ramblings (extract)- 2005 | 3 mins | 16mm
Eyemouth Revisisted (extract)- 1948-55 | 10 mins | 16mm

The Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Scottish Screen Archive (part of the National Library of Scotland) and the Estates of the Jackson and Milne families in the screening of this programme.

This Programme will be introduced by Linda Bankier, Archivist, Berwick Record Office and Huw Davies, Chair of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

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Artist Rev. John Jackson Country UK Year 1928 Duration 60 minutes Cert U