From the archives: Tory and communist MPs back Scottish film industry

…well they did in 1948 when the House of Commons debated the Cinematograph Films Bill and Scottish MPs united in calling for a Scottish voice in determining the future of film in Scotland.  Perthshire Tory MP Colonel Gomme Duncan and renowned Fife Communist Willie Gallagher found a common cause in their desire to see a ‘Scottish Films Council’.  One of the former’s concerns was that Hollywood films were painting a distorted view of the Highlands, a view shared by his English Tory colleague, the member for Weston-Super-mare, Mr I.L Orr-Ewing:

 “It is the question of the misrepresentation of the way in which Scottish people live which is resented.”

Ah how times (dont) change…  for more see the Glasgow Herald archives.

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