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Blue Black Permanent (1992)

Not Rated | | Drama
Barbara Thorburn wiles away the hours with memories of Greta, her mother, the poet.


Margaret Tait


Margaret Tait (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Celia Imrie ... Barbara Thorburn
Jack Shepherd ... Philip Lomax
Gerda Stevenson Gerda Stevenson ... Greta Thorburn
James Fleet ... Jim Thorburn
Sean Scanlan Sean Scanlan ... Andrew Cunningham
Hilary Maclean Hilary Maclean ... Wendy
Walter Leask Walter Leask ... Sam Kelday
Sheana Marr Sheana Marr ... Mrs. Kemp
Eoin MacDonald Eoin MacDonald ... Dan of Fea
Jimmy Moar Jimmy Moar ... Billy Spence
Liz Robertson Liz Robertson ... Mary Kelday
Bobby Bews Bobby Bews ... Grandfather Bews
Keith Hutcheon Keith Hutcheon ... Roger
Mairi Wallace Mairi Wallace ... Shoe Salesgirl
Pamela Kelly Pamela Kelly ... Mrs. Brodie


Barbara Thorburn wiles away the hours with memories of Greta, her mother, the poet.

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4 x 3
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Words and music by Curly Williams
Published by Robbins Music Corp. Ltd.
© 1951
Performed by Hank Williams
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd.
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A study of three generations in Edinburgh and Orkney
6 August 2001 | by michaelromer2000See all my reviews

The film deals with relationships between three generations in Edinburgh and Orkney. It is partly about the familiar problem of trying to reconstruct what people thought when it is too late to ask them. Much of the film is presented in a matter of fact way, but some of the issues left open will make you think about them long after you have seen the film.

The main professional actors in the cast have enjoyed active careers in theatre, radio and television in the UK. The Orkney photography and characters, probably played by local people, are sufficient reasons in themselves to see the film. If you do not know the director Margaret Tait, try to guess her biography from the film.

It is only the lack of comments from other people that has made me write about a film I have seen only twice, most recently about two years ago in Edinburgh. Some of the audience applauded at the end, which does not happen often here. Perhaps they were visitors being polite about the Edinburgh setting. This may not be a great film, but it is a good film with several images I shall always remember. I have not gone near a sea-cave since.

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