Livingston // 17 January
Fifty years on, does the concept of the ‘New Town’ deliver on its promises for everyone?
Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston EH54 6AE // Box Office: 01506 777666 // How to get there
As a nation, we’ve always had big ambitions for our urban centres. Some call it a dream but to the citizens of new towns like Livingston, Cumbernauld and East Kilbride it is a reality. Then and now: this programme connects the ambitions of Livingston Development Corporation in their corporate film of 1976 with community documentary ‘Livingston Lives’ made for the town’s 50th anniversary last year. The comparisons may surprise you.
Made in My Toun is a screening of rare films from the archives telling the story of urban growth across Scotland, followed by a panel discussion – or ‘blether’ – about re-presenting our towns and cities on the big screen. On tour from Ayr to Aberdeen, Made in My Toun is part of the BFI Britain on Film project: making thousands of newly digitised film and TV titles from archives across the UK available to view online. Join curator Shona Thomson in celebrating the ‘touns’ that have changed the face of Scotland. Event duration: 90 mins approx.