Gillies and Bill do Berlin and the Bay

In one of those quirks of time and space one major and one minor classic of Scottish film will be simultaneously celebrated in Berlin and San Francisco’s Bay Area this week.  Bill Douglas’s great 1970s Trilogy , arguably Scotland’s single biggest contribution to world cinema, is featured in the Berlinale’s Four Decades at the Forum retrospective while across the pond Gillies MacKinnon (whose Pure screened at the Berlianle in 2002)’s  1996 feature Small Faces is apparently getting a rare screening.  Douglas died well before his time and MacKinnon’s work has for some time been confined to the TV Screen though many anticipate his return to the cinema, green lights permitting.

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