Part of Margaret Tait Commission
We are delighted to present Andrew Black’s new commission ‘On Clogger Lane’ at Glasgow Film Theatre.
‘On Clogger Lane’ tells the story of a depopulated valley on ancient land. The film follows routes through a dammed, drowned and depopulated valley in Northern England, exploring the infrastructures of capital on land overshadowed by a monstrous satellite surveillance station, submerged beneath reservoirs, haunted by accusations of witchcraft, and populated by indecipherable prehistoric carvings and the graves of child labourers. Incorporating conversations with farmers, antiquarians, dowsers, grandmothers, Quakers, landowners and communists alongside an improvisational score, ‘On Clogger Lane’ is an experimental documentary which navigates the chaotic mix of passivity and protest, public and private, past and present, all coincident in the same patch of ancient countryside.
Established in 2010, the Margaret Tait Award is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Inspired by the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait (1918 – 99), the award recognises experimental and innovative artists working with the moving image, offering a unique avenue of commissioning and production support and providing a high-profile platform to exhibit newly commissioned work.
The audio description for ‘On Clogger Lane’ is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI.
‘On Clogger Lane’ will go on to be exhibited at The Tetley, Leeds, from 20 January – 14 May 2023, alongside archival material relating to community activism around Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, gathered through Black’s research. This exhibition will be followed by a UK tour and a presentation at LUX’s exhibition space in London in 2024.
Introduction by Kitty Anderson, Director, 10 mins
‘On Clogger Lane’, Andrew Black (2022), 60 mins
Total running time: 70 mins
‘On Clogger Lane’ is captioned and audio described. Captions by Valery Tough and Audio Description by Sensor Media.
A transcript of the introduction will be available.
The event is free to attend, but ticketed. A limited number of wheelchair accessible tickets are available. Tickets are available to book directly through Glasgow Film Theatre here.
Glasgow Film Theatre has level access at the main entrance with a permanent ramp. Cinema 1, an accessible toilet and the upstairs bar can be reached via lift.
Thematic content notes:
Depictions of police aggression
Discussions of historical indentured child labour
Visual depiction of dead animals (bird)
Discussions of historical femicide and misogyny
Discussions of asylums and historical mental health hospitals
Sensory content notes:
Flashing imagery at 26 minutes in for 1 minute, and at 53 minutes in for 30 seconds.
Contains flashing imagery
The Margaret Tait Commission is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, with support from Creative Scotland.