Today the Screen Machine offered a free add- on to LaLa Land and Trainspotting 2, a film which took place a bit closer to home in Largs, just up the Ayrshire coast and in Ethiopia.
Local filmmaker Karen Guthrie set her camera in the midst of her family and portrayed an amazing dynamic that came about when her mother had a stroke a few years ago, bringing the family together to work out her care, including her father who returned home post-divorce to help keep her mother at home.
Karen answered questions from the audience after the showing of the film and it was clear that the openness of the film, the warts and all portrayal of a typical West of Scotland family in crisis spoke to those present. It certainly did to me, the similarity between her father and mine was astonishing in their ability not to show emotion and place the blame elsewhere when questioned. This made me realise that while I always thought my family was singularly dysfunctional, here that was protrayed in such a way as to make it clear that this similarity was cultural. The friend I was with could relate to it as well, West of Scotland lassie that she is.
I won’t tell the story or the twist in the tale, because it is possible to watch the film on amazon.com or purchase the DVD and I highly recommend either.
We are so fortunate to have access to the award-winning musical and this very real Scottish film in the same weekend just up the road, not to mention the Auchrannie Spa nearby for apres-film cappucinos and fresh-baked scones.