Cupar-based Douglas Eadie is a veteran writer and producer of television films and series. In 2010 he was honoured, jointly with director Mike Alexander, with BBC's Good Tradition Award for the contribution made by the long-running Celtic-meets-Americana series, Transatlantic Sessions, to the development and appreciation of traditional music in the UK. Six years later the was made an honorary member of the Saltire Society in recognition of his documentary work.
The Garden Beyond, a dramatised portrayal of the life of bed-ridden Perth poet William Soutar, was Eadie's break-through - the first independently produced Scottish film to be broadcast on the BBC One UK network. Made in1977, it reflected, as well as Soutar's own passion and commitment, the debate then current in the run-up to the 1979 devolution referendum. Forty-odd years later with a second independence referendum in prospect, it has, we believe, a renewed relevance.
The Garden Beyond, with Bertie Scott as Soutar, Henry Stamper as Hugh MacDiarmid and Bill Paterson as the painter Jim Finlayson, was directed by Brian Crumlish.
6pm – 8pm - Film running time is 1 hour plus refreshments, poetry reading by Mary Ellen Robertson in further celebration of one of the finest Scottish makars of the 20th century, and Q & A session.
In addition to The Garden Beyond Douglas Eadie has kindly made available to Cupar Arts, selected tracks and sequences from the six series of Transatlantic Sessions. These will run over the course of Cupar Arts EDEN’s open exhibition in the Corn Exchange, Cupar 15 – 23 June.
Corn Exchange, Cupar.