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Something to Believe In

official promotional video from the award-winning archive film 'From Scotland with Love'

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Official promotional video from the feature-length documentary created entirely from film's in the national Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive. 'From Scotland with Love' was commissioned by Creative Scotland and the BBC for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Culture Festival. A journey into our collective past, the film explores universal themes of love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play.

Directed by Virginia Heath with a soundtrack by King Creosote, 'From Scotland With Love' has delighted film and television audiences around the world. It was produced by Faction North, Crossover and the Scottish Screen Archive.

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

Questions & Activities


What do you think is meant by "Dreaming without sleeping"?

Who are the main characters in this song and sequence?

Can you spot them?

What are the dominant visual symbols in this film clip?

How does the song make you feel?


English / Media Studies:

Pupils look at the song lyrics only and try to answer the questions:

  • Who do you think tells the story?
  • What type of song is this?
  • What do you think the song is about?

Pupils listen to the song (without visuals):

  • 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 for a pop video that would match the style and tone of the song?

Pupils watch the entire sequence (song and images):

  • What is your reaction to the clip? Are you surprised by the visual imagery used?
  • How do the visuals used compare with your storyboard/chosen footage?
  • Do the visuals suggest a clear storyline?
  • Do you think it works? Why/Why not?
  • Do you like the sequence?

Health and Wellbeing:

Discuss the nature of love and the things that are important to a loving relationship. What did the songwriter mean by the final line, "Now promise to be real."

Lyrics for the song 'Something to Believe In' by King Creosote:

Dreaming without sleeping
It's morning are you leaving?
But our story it has only begun
And are you willing it to end?

You promised me a feeling
Something to believe in
You promised me a feeling
Now promise to be real