Curtain up for Film and Video Group

Club president Jean Tait started the new season of meetings last Tuesday, with a series of short films made by members of the Scottish Amateur Moviemakers association (SAM).

The first on screen was a re-enactment of a Scottish criminal trial of Madeline Smith in1857, who was accused of murdering one of her suitors with arsenic poison. The evidence was duly presented, but the prosecution failed to prove the case against her, allowing a not proven verdict to be granted.

The second film was a documentary about a lone fisherman working his small creel boat in Orkney and showing how he goes about his daily routine of bating, casting and eventually harvesting the catch of lobsters and crabs, which are destined for the markets in the south of England and beyond.

The final film in this programme of true-life stories was “An Edwardian Priest” about the Reverend Thomas Byles, who served in the parish of Chipping Ongar, Essex, from1905. He received an invitation to officiate at the wedding of his younger brother William in America, which prompted him to make the trip to New York in 1912. It was his misfortune to be a passenger on the ill-fated RMS Titanic when it struck an iceberg. According to the reports of passengers who survived, he assisted many passengers onto the lifeboats. Inevitably, he was one of the many souls who perished. Later, Pope Pius 10th described him as a “martyr for the church”.

The meeting on October 14, will be a visit from Carlisle Camcorder Club.