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Sisyphus - A Scots version of the Greek myth

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A version in Scots of the Greek legend of Sisyphus, read by its author Robert Garioch.

Questions & Activities


  • What is a myth?
  • How many Scots words do you recognise? Write them down as you watch the film.
  • How does the film use humour both visually and verbally?


Find out about the myth of Sisyphus. What other famous versions are there? Do you know any Scottish myths or legends?

Write a Scottish version of a non-Scottish myth or legend.

How effective is this style of animation in reflecting Sisyphus' struggle?

Create a new soundtrack for the animation or, alternatively, new visuals for the soundtrack.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-317-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2912
Date 1971
Genre Animation, Adaptation
School Subject English, Classical Languages, Religious and Moral Education
Who Donald Holwill (director), Films of Scotland and the Scottish Arts Council (sponsor), Robert Garioch (voiceover, writer)
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 2:54
Film Length 02:54
References SCRAN resourse on 'Sisyphus'