1978 Blantyre High Film Society

 

1978 Blantyre High Film Society wmIn November 1978, Blantyre High pupils and teachers were celebrating. The School’s Film Society had picked up 3 awards including a top award for “International Amateur Film of the Year”.

Incredibly the winning film was chosen from 70 other entrants, many of them at University , rather than schools. The School won the Victor Saville Trophy and the Cosmo Award for best actor, which went to 5th year pupil, Craig Samson. Their film was produced over 2 years and they estimate more than 1500 manhours was spent on it, many of them out of school hours. It was entitled, “One Coke too many” , the story of a boy who became addicted to drugs.

The film was judged by accomplished Director Alan Parker, whom that year had directed cinema hits Bugsy Malone and Midnight Express. Alan commented later that the Blantyre High pupils efforts had been truly remarkable, producing a film that felt fresh and showed tremendous talent.

From the book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,:

Rae Brown God this brings back memories, whatever happened to Mr (Boogey) Mathieson?
Catriona Paterson He is on facebook.
Debbie McMillan What hes on facebook? Really?
Elizabeth Grieve Jings I remember this film.
Catriona Paterson Jacqueline Brown ( nee Mckenzie)
Wendy Mackie Gosh ,memories
Lynn Delaney Remember it well
Carol Crombie Boogy!!!
Catherine Sneddon Loved going to this where I first saw jaws lol xx
Andy Hilston Wow …..memories
Catherine Campbell OMG I was part of the drama group then and we were the bit parts sitting on the lawn in the public park so many memories forgot at it
Angela DM OMG Mr Mathieson.
Ian Paterson Big boogie
William Campbell boogy was an arsehole tried to bully me never happend ha
Anne Irvine Great teacher MrMathieson. I was also in there the film society. Seeing films The Taking of Pelham 123. Blazing Saddles among them shown lol
Karon Knox Elaine Gow do you remember the film society?

Anne Irvine Great teacher MrMathieson. I was also in there the film society. Seeing films The Taking of Pelham 123. Blazing Saddles among them shown lol
Karon Knox Elaine Gow do you remember the film society?
Alison Waters Mr Mathieson ….. the film society was fantastic … introduced to rocky horror and 30 years later introduced my daughters ….. many happy memories…. Jessica Waters Emma Waters 😁
Jan Ritchie Same for me Alison x
Nothing like it now. All before VCR and CDS!
Ann Ferguson Boogie Brian – fantastic teacher – even though it was maths! Loved the film society- play misty for me, don’t look now, blazing saddles- classics. He was a hoot on the trip to France too.
Jan Ritchie We did another film which won an award. We had to go to Edinburgh for the ceremony. Andy Cameron presented it and we nominated Petra MacDonald to go up and collect it. We loved our film society.
Arlene McWilliam Green I remember the Film Society – it was great and we got to see all sorts of movies in the school theatre like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Breaking Glass even though we were about 13 at the time! Mr Mathieson also was the DJ at the school discos when not being the maths teacher and head of Kirkton House.
Geordie McClenaghan Boogie used to live at the top of my street, took the kids to his door for Halloween and he recognised me right away 😩
Anne Chapman Great times and happy memories. If I remember right Mars bar and a can of coke during the interval
Ian Paterson Radio Hairmyres


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