Film captures sights and sounds of big day


AS ONE of the contributors to Jamie Telford's film says, "It never disappoints".

Langholm Stories, a film about the people and the spectacle of Common Riding day, beautifully captures the sounds, sights and emotions of the town's greatest day.

Through the experiences of the people, whose lives are inextricably bound up with the annual celebration of marking the common boundaries, Jamie has produced a touching and humorous story.

The film is being shown in the Buccleuch Centre on Wednesday, March 29. It is compiled from interviews in location and film of the event itself; a glimpse of a place where time hasn't stood still but the social fabric lives on.

The focus is on the characters closely associated with the Common Riding and their stories. The quiet moments in the build-up, the conversations between friends and families, the tales of those long gone but not forgotten, the tunes and songs - all create a sense of the pride, tradition and fun of the day.

Jamie said: "Langholm was the place I was born and raised. I had no idea how unusual and interesting it was until I moved away. Years later I realised that the childhood I had was blessed by location. A place set between soft lowland hills and fast flowing rivers in the Scottish Borders.

"In every local's identity Langholm is deeply embedded. A relationship "better felt than telt" as we natives might say. People are tightly bound together by the land, stories, humour and the main event of their yearly calendar - Langholm Common Riding. A time and place where unseen magic happens and the ills of a careless world can be at least temporarily ignored.

"Work is in short supply since the tweed mills closed and moved away but local connections are still vibrant, evident and increasingly unusual."

Langholm Stories is a heartfelt portrait of a tightly-knit Scottish community during the annual Common Riding. A time and place where unseen magic happens.

It is an "exile's" view of his childhood home and his intimate relationship with it.

Jamie, who completed a director's course at the National Film School, added: "It is as much about the people and their relationship with each other as it is about the Common Riding. It highlights the uniqueness of the place and its people."

The film is also showing at the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries on May 11.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:36AM
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