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For One Night Only

official video promoting the film 'From Scotland with Love'

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Description

The song 'For One Night Only' was chosen as the official video to promote the archive film 'From Scotland With Love', a 75-minute film from Director Virginia Heath with a score by Scottish musician and composer King Creosote. Made entirely from films from the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive, 'From Scotland with Love' is journey into Scotland's collective past.

The film explores universal themes of love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play. Ordinary people, some long since dead, their names and identities largely forgotten, appear shimmering from the depth of the vaults to take a starring role. Brilliantly edited together, these silent individuals become composite characters, who emerge to tell us their stories, given voice by King Creosote’s poetic music and lyrics.

Produced by Faction North, Crossover, National Library of Scotland Scottish Screen Archive in association with BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland.

Logged-in users can watch the whole film in our new Screening Room facility by following the link on this page.

Questions & Activities

Questions

What does Friday night mean to you? Is it a special or a night like any other?

How has Friday night changed since these films were made?

How many leisure pursuits can you spot? (dancing, cinema, café, pub…)

Can you recognise any of the venues featured in the clip?

Can you spot Wayne?

Activities

English S1/S2:

How many different jobs and professions are portrayed in the clip? In the context of the clip discuss why have these jobs been highlighted? (i.e. light bulb factory, shoe maker, nylon production etc.)

How many leisure pursuits can you spot? (dancing, cinema, café, pub…) Can you recognise any of the locations?

How many different dance styles can you see? Are they all from the same era, if not, how can you tell?

Can you spot Wayne in the footage? ;)

Higher English/Media Studies:

Pupils should first try to analyse the song as a poem (lyrics printed below) and try to answer the following questions:

  • Who do you think tells the story?
  • What do you think the song is about?
  • Who is Wayne? (Wayne is not that common a Scottish name. Discuss who Wayne might be.)
  • Do you have different personalities (in different situations)?

Pupils should then listen to the song (without visuals):

Then tell students that this song forms part a film and ask them to imagine the images they associate with the song.

  • If you were to make a pop-video for this song, what footage would you choose/what would you film?
  • Can you create a storyboard that matches the style and mood of the song?

Pupils watch the entire sequence (song and images):

  • What is your reaction to the clip?
  • Are you surprised?
  • How does it compare with your storyboard/chosen footage.
  • Do you like the sequence?
  • Do you think it works? Why/Why not?

Finally, look at the clip from “The Making of Scotland with Love” (link below) and compare the interviews with the filmmakers about this sequence to the final result.

Higher English: Come up with questions about themes and discuss?

Discuss what Friday night means to you now. In the past people worked long hours all week and Friday and Saturday were the big nights out. Now people work more flexibly and everyday is a potential night out. Identify ways in which Friday night has changed. What are the filmmakers trying to say with these contrasting images?

NB. To hear the filmmakers talk about the making of ‘For One Night Only’ follow the link to 'Dreaming Without Sleeping - the Making of 'From Scotland with Love' – 00:10:35 – 00:13:52

Lyrics to the song 'For One Night Only' by King Creosote:

You know on a Friday
I hand you the housekeep
I pocket the small change
I hide it, I save it
Now it's the weekend, we're stepping out bowling
Spending our money, c'mon just enjoy it.

One turns to several and out comes another
Unpredictable drunkard
You caught him, you named him
Now it’s the weekend, we’re spending our money

Wayne is appearing for one night only

You know on a Friday
I hand you the housekeep
I pocket the small change
I hide it, I save it

Now it's the weekend, we're stepping out bowling
Spending our money, c'mon celebrate it.
One turns to several and out comes another
Unpredictable drunkard
You caught him, you named him
Now it’s the weekend, we’re spending our money

Wayne is appearing for one night only
Wayne is appearing for one night only

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