‘Where You’re Meant To Be’ showing at Blairgowrie Town Hall – Fri 8th April
March 15, 2016 by Perthshire Creates
Where You’re Meant To Be is a funny new feature film documentary directed by Paul Fegan about music, life and death. The film follows former Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat as he meets and tours Scotland with eccentric Scottish folk musician, Sheila Stewart.
Following its sold out Barrowland Ballroom premiere at Glasgow Film Festival (19.2.16), Where You’re Meant To Be hits the road with a preview event cinema tour at venues across Scotland. The film plus a live set from Aidan Moffat and friends will be shown at the Town Hall in Blairgowrie on Friday 8th April.
Cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat, best known for his lyrics about sex, drugs and male anxiety, decides to explore Scotland’s past by rewriting and touring it’s oldest songs. Originally Aidan Moffat and Paul Fegan made plans to tour the length of Scotland – to socialise with local characters, carouse into the early hours, and explore the country’s music traditions as part of a folkloric pop voyage called Where You’re Meant To Be. Forming the basis for a film it was meant to celebrate Scotland’s communities and lore, but just before they hit the road, Fegan and Moffat met Sheila Stewart: a 79-year-old force of nature, the last in a line of travelling folk royalty, and a balladeer whose life – and unexpected death in September 2014 – upturned Moffat’s folk assumptions, and diverted the course of Fegan’s film.
The ensuing film, Where You’re Meant To Be, is a warm-hearted and open-armed journey through Scottish music, landscape and time. It’s also a moving, wry and enlightening depiction of two of Scotland’s most distinct and vital voices, as they cross paths (and words): Moffat believes Scotland’s oldest songs are ripe for re-working against a contemporary urban backdrop. Stewart does not.
With Stewart’s wrath ringing in his ears, Moffat embarks on a road trip that finds him dressed for battle in a Highland graveyard, caught between feuding monster-hunters at Loch Ness, and singing in a dismissive farmer’s kitchen – before facing Stewart in his home-town of Glasgow for an unlikely final showdown.
On bringing the film back to the communities involved director Paul Fegan commented, “I’m excited to show the film first within the communities that we toured and where the characters within the film live. All the songs and stories shared with us over the past three years have helped shape the film greatly. It’s been a long journey since we first started and I can’t wait to share the finished film with our Scottish audiences first, and then further afield. ”
The film trailer can be viewed on Youtube trailer #2
Tickets for the preview screening are available at whereyouremeanttobe.com and at the venue’s box offices.
Alongside the Where You’re Meant To Be event cinema tour, Aidan Moffat releases his album with the same title on 25th March. The LP and CD album will be on sale at whereyouremeanttobe.com and is now available to pre order.
Where You’re Meant To Be is A Better Days production is association with Creative Scotland and Scottish Documentary Institute and the film tour is supported by Film Hub Scotland.
About Sheila Stewart: Sheila Stewart MBE (1935-2014) was Scotland’s definitive ballad singer. A storyteller and traveller who was born in a stable in Blairgowrie, she honed her voice while berry picking in Perthshire, sang for the Pope and performed in the White House, and her tales and songs and lore found friends in the likes of Hamish Henderson, Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl. In the foreword to Stewart’s 2011 autobiography, A Traveller’s Life, storyteller Jess Smith called Stewart “the vibrant heart of Scotland’s travelling folk”.
About Aidan Moffat: Aidan Moffat is one of Scotland’s most distinctive musical and literary voices. A compelling performer, lyricist, author and storyteller, the former Arab Strap singer won 2012’s Scottish Album of the Year Award for his collaboration with Bill Wells, Everything’s Getting Older. His latest album with Bill Wells, The Most Important Place In The World, was released last year.
About Paul Fegan: Paul Fegan’s debut short documentary, Pouters (2012), won countless awards including Best Documentary (Jury Award) at London Short Film Festival, Best Film (Audience Award) at Hamburg International Short Film Festival and Best Scottish Short Film (Jury Award) at the Glasgow Short Film Festival. He also directed Moffat and Wells’ promo video for The Copper Top.