Northern Capital (clip)
Amateur documentary about 1930s Edinburgh
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Made by a pioneering woman filmmaker Jean L. Gray this film shows fascinating scenes from Edinburgh in the late 1930s, including some lovely, well thought-out shots. Gives a visual insight into the "feel" and pace of life in that era.
Questions & Activities
- How many different types of people can you see?
- How many different kinds of shops can you see?
- What is the difference between these and modern shops?
- What can you tell about people and transport in 1930's Edinburgh?
- How has the Royal Mile changed since the 1930s?
Geography / Social Studies / Tourism: The Royal Mile today is a very different place from 8 decades ago. Research and debate the impact of tourism on Edinburgh and the pattern of town planning and city zoning.
Art and Design / English / Music / Media Studies / Computer Studies: For the most part this clip shows little camera movement and makes little obvious connection between one shot and the next, so that it appears more like a slide show than a film. Re-edit this in Moviemaker or iMovie to make it tell a clearer story, or write a narration appropriate to the images. You could also export images from some stills from films using Moviemaker and then create your own photo collage.
French / Modern Languages / Media Studies / Tourism / Computer Studies: Write an appropriate voice over to describe Edinburgh to a French audience in the 1930s. You might also want to make a more modern tourist film using other footage about Edinburgh to be found in the Scotland on Screen collection.
|Resource Rights Holder||National Library of Scotland|
|School Subject||Geography, Social Studies, Art and Design, English, Music, French, Modern Languages, Computing Science, Media Studies|
|Who||Jean L. Gray (Filmmaker)|
|Attributes||Black and White, Silent|