Against the Flow – Film Premiere by Helen McCrorie

March 19, 2018 by Perthshire Creates

Against the Flow by Helen McCrorie is a new film which will premier during Platform 2018 on Sat 24 March at Perth Playhouse.

During the inaugural 2017 Platform event, video artist Helen McCrorie conducted research at Comrie Library, interviewing local people about personal archives – photos and records we hold dear and how this has changed, in living memory and through the digital age. The artist was moved to make the film in response to stories of family photographs that were lost in the Comrie Floods of 2012.

Helen looks at questions such as, How do we preserve our most precious memories and what is worth keeping?  and What becomes of our personal and local histories in the digital age?   Against the Flow is her interpretation of her earlier research during Platform 2017 and her subsequent work in collaboration with the community of Comrie and explores how memories are preserved. The local narratives are intertwined with memories of a river in spate and Helen explores the values of archives that are marginalised or overlooked.

The film premiere is an event which includes the Earnsong Community Choir who will perform songs about rivers and memories.  The Comrie choir will be led by renowned song leaders: folk pioneer Christine Kydd, Georgian song tutor Irene Railley and the choir’s musical director Adelaide Carlow.    In addition, Dr Sarah Neely, senior professor in media at Stirling University will be a guest speaker at the event.

The film premiere event is at Perth Playhouse from 5-7pm and tickets can be purchased here on Eventbrite.

The film will also be shown in an exhibition at Comrie Library during the week of Platform.

Click the image below to read coverage in The Courier on 17 March 2018: