Past screening

Where You’re Meant To Be

Directed by: Paul Fegan
Runtime: 1hr 15min Year: 2015
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Directed by: Paul Fegan
Runtime: 1hr 15min Year: 2015
Country: United Kingdom
Last Screened: Wed 29th Jun 2016

Paul Fegan’s first feature documentary follows Scottish cult-pop raconteur and former Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat as he tours Scotland in 2014, performing his modern re-interpretations of old folk songs.

★★★★ “Director Fegan has an eye for evocative shots of Scottish landscapes. He also shares Moffat’s sense of mischief and his eye for a comic image.” – Independent”

One of the cultural highlights of the year […] If there’s a better Scottish film in 2016 I’ll eat my novelty Nessie hat.” – The Times

It was meant to be a tour that celebrated communities and lore. But just before they hit the road, Moffat met Sheila Stewart: a 79-year-old force of nature, the last in a line of travelling folk royalty, and a balladeer whose life – and unexpected death, in 2014 – upturned Moffat’s folk assumptions, and diverted the course of Fegan’s film.

The ensuing film is a warm-hearted journey through music, mortality, landscape and time. It’s also a moving, wry and enlightening depiction of two of Scotland’s most distinct and vital voices, as they cross paths (and words): Moffat believes Scotland’s oldest songs are ripe for re-working against a contemporary urban backdrop. Stewart does not.