Scottish Cinema - Beyond Brigadoon

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Module code


  • Level 1
  • Semester 1
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • Wednesday evening classes (18.00-21.00)


The module will offer a critical survey of Scottish cinema from the 1940s to the present and will focus on the work of key filmmakers and screenwriters.

The indicative module content is as follows:

  • Representation of Scotland on Screen 1 –Trainspotting (1996) & Rob Roy (1995)
  • Representation of Scotland on Screen 2 - I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) & Ae Fond Kiss (2004)
  • Two Comedies on Scottish Culture: Whisky Galore! (1949) & The Angels’ Share (2012)
  • Americans in Scotland – Local Hero (1983) & The Maggie (1954)
  • Deprived Childhoods – Bill Douglas Trilogy & Ratcatcher (1999)
  • Contemporary Scottish directors – Young Adam (2003) & The Last King of Scotland (2006).


Caitlin McDonald


There will be 6x three-hour classes for this module. The first hour will be in lecture format, followed by a two-hour seminar discussion. All modules are supported by VLEs and staff office hours for individual consultation. Consultation via email or phone is also offered.


2,500 word Essay (100%)

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • Introduce students to the history of filmmaking in Scotland
  • Critically examine the representation of Scotland and Scottish culture on film
  • Introduce students to theoretical debates surrounding the concept of national cinema
  • Introduce students to the work of key Scottish film directors and screenwriters