Catrìona and the Colourists
produced by MacTV
for BBC Alba


Catrìona and the Colourists

Am Bocsa Director Catrìona Black featured in this half-hour documentary in September 2004. Catrìona and the Colourists follows Catrìona's efforts to locate the places where the famous Scottish painters made their landscapes, and to recreate them on the spot as animations.

Production company MacTV approached Catrìona after seeing Pìobairean Bhòrnais at the Celtic Film and Television Festival. Her method of making animations like moving oil paintings, together with her knowledge of art history, made her the perfect woman for the job.

The result is a highly entertaining story, charting the highs and lows of following in the footsteps of Peploe, Hunter, Cadell and Fergusson. Not to mention the gnashing of teeth involved in trying to make an animation with real paint, on three panes of glass, with an old-fashioned film camera, on a windy beach, in less than a day.

Catrìona and the Colourists screened as part of the art series Ealtainn on BBC2 Scotland in September 2004, and in May 2005. It was nominated for an award at the Celtic Film and Television Festival, which took place in April 2005.