A free screening of archive films about Scotland and the Western Isles taking place at 7pm tomorrow night (Wednesday) in Stornoway Library

All are welcome for a free screening of specially curated films from the local archives and the National Library of Scotland taking place in the unique movie-going setting of Stornoway Library.  

The special event called ‘A Kind of Seeing’ will be a chance to watch a selection of films hand-picked and presented live by curator Shona Thomson for Stornoway Library.

Alongside films of Scotland's rural past, will be celluloid gems made about the Western Isles and some rare footage shot by islanders. The films will be complemented by a post-screening panel discussion with special guests including Andy MacKinnon, UistFilm Project Director.

The unusual cinema experience follows the successful launch of HebFlicks – the Western Isles Libraries’ Film Club which presents free monthly movies in Tarbert and Liniclate libraries. The Film Club is part of the Film Education in Libraries project, run by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), which funded valuable new film screening equipment and training for Western Isles Libraries. The £190,000 project was made possible through Creative Scotland as part of their Film Strategy and aims to improve the provision of film and moving image education across the country.  

'A Kind of Seeing’ has also been supported by Film Hub Scotland’s Audience Development Programme, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

Event curator Shona Thomson said: “I’m really excited to be able to screen these films at the heart of the Stornoway community.

"It’s been fascinating looking for films that have been made by islanders as well as featuring the town. As well as a 1930s Lewis Carnival Queen, there will be some rare footage of life on rural Lewis and North Uist.”

Tickets to ‘A Kind of Seeing’ are free but booking is essential. Contact Stornoway Library to register by phone 01851 822744 or book in person at the Library: 19 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2DA. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.