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The Smiths in Scotland (clip 2)

The views of English men and women who have made their homes in Scotland

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This section of the film opens with shots of people riding ski-lifts up mountain slopes, before taking to the slopes to ski down. Panning shots reveal the snow covered hills, with people slowly crossing with skiis over their shoulders. Watersports feature next, with footage of waterskiing, parasailing, sail boats with large spinnakers. Next, a man narrates his family's move to Scotland over footage of a bowling alley, a football international at Hampden, and a golf course. Another man discusses his work and lesiure time. We see him trout fishing and at home with his family. He helps his child to complete a jigsaw. The film moves on to a dance hall and we see couples performing more ballroom steps and more contemporary dances. As the clip draws to a close, we see a variety of scenes at sundown, the Forth Road Bridge, castles and other buildings.

Questions & Activities


  • Do you think this is an accurate portrayal of Scotland?
  • When was the Forth Road Bridge built?
  • What stereotypical portrayals of the Scottish and Scotland are featured in the film?


Moving Image Education: Using other downloaded material from the Scotland on Screen website, create your own version of a promotional film about Scotland in the 1960s.

English: Imagine you are the child of the Smith family featured in the film. Write a diary/letter back home to a friend in England describing your experiences of Scotland.

Geography / Tourism / History: Choose a country from around the world and, using stills or moving images, create an audio visual project to promote that country.

Moving Image Education / Modern Studies: Using text, images and found footage, create your own "Come to Scotland"€ modern tourism film.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-289-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2231
Date 1966
Genre Documentary, Sponsored Documentary
School Subject English, Geography, History, Expressive Arts
Who Films of Scotland (sponsor), IFA (Scotland), Ltd. (production company), Laurence Henson (director)
Where Forth Road Bridge, Hampden Park
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 11:56
Film Length 22:35