Wednesday, 3 December 2014

We Are Northern Lights: University of Sussex seminar

3rd December, 4-6pm in Fulton 201, University of Sussex
MFM Research seminar series

Professor Nick Higgins
We are Northern Lights
Chair: Joanna Callaghan

Screening of film 2pm in Fulton 213

Assembling Scottish Identity: The Northern Lights Documentary Project

The Northern Lights project was a mass participation documentary film project that invited members of the public to submit footage about 'their' Scotland as a means to create a unique national self-portrait. Fifty-five filmmaking workshops were held with groups whom traditionally might not engage with large scale arts and media projects. The result was 1500 individual submissions that in turn generated over 300 hours of video footage that became a 98 minute documentary portrait of Scots at a time when the very politicalfuture of the nation is in question. The final film was the first ever Scottish documentary to be released in a commercial cinema chain.

Prof Nick Higgins, the producer and director of the project, will present clips from the feature film and explore the relationship between user-generated footage and the construction of Scottish identity in the context of the Independence referendum.

Nick Higgins is Professor of Media Practice and Director of the Creative Media Academy at the University of the West of Scotland. He is also the producer and director ofseveral award winning documentaries; including Hidden Gifts: The Mystery of Angus MacPhee, A Massacre Foretold and The New Ten Commandments. His films have been broadcast internationally on channels including German, Swedish, Dutch and Finnish television and his most recent film, We Are Northern Lights, a crowd sourced exploration of Scottish identity, was the first ever Scottish documentary to be released in the cinema multiplex chain, Cineworld.


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