As I type this my hand hovers hesitantly over the keyboard because I’ve been here before. Over the last few years I’ve had the occasional request to show the film, some reasonable, others not and too often frustrated by a lack of facilities, e.g. being asked to screen on a PowerPoint projector, or for no fee – not even minimum wage. Or, as I was asked last year by the organisers of Doors Open Day, to screen at an unspecified location with no facilities for no money.
So when I received an email last year from David Sweeney at the Glasgow School of Art asking to screen the film, I was heartened because, as an alumna, it’s the first time since graduating 38 years ago – yes, 38 years – I’ve been asked to show my work.
After countless emails and a recce (long story) it’s been agreed that The Devil’s Plantation will screen at approx 5.00pm on Thursday 11th January 2018 in the Auditorium, Reid Building, Renfrew Street, Glasgow. I’ve also been asked to take part in a talk afterwards with Dr. David Sweeney and Professor Johnny Rodger. Too bad then that there’s no mention of it on the GSA Events page because it promises to be an interesting evening.
I’ve since put out a call on @deilsplantin on Twitter for those interested in attending – as I understand it, it’s a student-only event but I’ve been offered a guest list. At the moment all the places have been taken but if anyone is keen to come along, please get in touch and I’ll do my best to accommodate you.