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Paisley on Film is focus of UWS event

University of the West of Scotland’s Creative Media Academy is hosting a public event which will explore ‘Paisley on Film’ at its Paisley Campus on Saturday 20 February 2016, 1.30-5pm.

The event, which is taking place as part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, will consist of two components.

The first, which runs from 1.30-3pm, will see a ‘Bring your own archive’ workshop with Screen Bandita, the Edinburgh and Melbourne-based collective which creates performative, live-cinema works using archival, found 8mm and 16mm film, slides and photographs as source material.

This workshop, which is being run in association with The Paisley Camcorder Club, invites participants into the Screen Bandita mobile archive to explore a fascinating selection of 8mm films, slides, photographs, visual curios and gramophone records. An integral part of this session is the input from members of the public who are invited to bring along their own reels of home movies or old slides and photographs.

Through this dynamic process participants have the opportunity to share their own histories and memories. At its core, the activity highlights the vibrant and interrelated nature of all personal histories and as such appeals to audiences of all backgrounds and ages.

This workshop has been very successfully received at various film festivals throughout the UK and has toured local archives and museums in the west coast of Scotland.

This workshop will be followed by a live cinema event ‘Made in my Toun: Paisley’ from 3.15pm- 5pm. Made in My Toun, which forms part of the British Film Institute’s Britain on Film season, is a Scotland-wide tour of archive film screenings, exploring what our towns and cities mean to us and will feature a unique selection of archive films of Paisley and Scotland from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.

More information on the tour can be found at www.madeinmytoun.com. The Paisley programme includes films featuring the opening of the George Court tower block in the late 1950s and acrobatic stunts performed by Paisley Fire Brigade in 1933.

Following the screening Shona Thomson, tour Producer and former producer of the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema in Bo'ness, will lead a discussion with special guests around the various representations of urban life in Paisley and Scotland and how perceptions have changed both for citizens and visitors.

The idea to host the event came from Professor Nick Higgins, Director of University of the West of Scotland’s Creative Media Academy.

Commenting on the event Professor Higgins said: “Archive film is such an incredible medium for reflecting upon our past lives and allowing us to reconsider our contemporary ambitions, particularly at this juncture when Paisley is looking to become City of Culture in 2021.

"Our two events offer the people of Paisley an opportunity not only to bring in their own archive along and see it projected but also a rare chance to watch and discuss some of the classic films that our team have discovered in the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.”