Film and Animation

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Jean Urquhart & The Ceilidh Place

Liz Thomson [@Lizzie_Thomson_] spent a weekend with former MSP Jean Urquhart to document stories about her life managing The Ceilidh Place; her time as an MSP, commitment to the anti-nuclear movement, and resulting decision to leave the SNP. This film gives a glimpse into the unique life of one of Scotland’s most respected activists – and the history of a business that began as a café in a boat shed in 1970 – and quickly evolved into an important hub for political and cultural activity in the Highlands. An 11 minute film was never going to scrape the surface of Jean’s life, and for every story captured here, she has at least 100 more – which hopefully she will write down for posterity one day soon.

Liz Thomson is a political researcher, writer and (aspiring) documentary film maker.

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  1. douglas clark says:

    Wonderful story. There is more to life than politics.

  2. Fay Kennedy says:

    She is an inspiration. What can be accomplished with commitment to live better.

  3. John Page says:

    Thank you to all concerned for this delightful piece!

  4. Marion Wright says:

    What a fascinating interview. I hope Jean does write her memoirs , her own life story as well as the story of the ceilidh place .She has had a whole lot going on there !
    Thank you to both for that insight .

  5. Ouaine Bain says:

    …..and swimming in the sea….

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