Time of His Life: The Films of Eddie McConnell
This article is from 2007.
As Time of His Life: The Films of Eddie McConnell screens at the EIFF, we highlight some of the film practitioners and institutions who have fought to keep Scots filmmaker McConnell’s work alive
1 John Grierson Feted Scottish documentary cameraman and filmmaker McConnell was mentored by the Stirlingshire documentary filmmaker Grierson in his early days in the profession. Much of Grierson’s dedication to the idea of cinematic truth and lyricism can be seen in McConnell’s work.
2 Scottish Screen Archive Relatively unknown work like McConnell’s could not have been preserved over the years if it wasn’t for the fantastic job that the National Library of Scotland does in preserving film of great Scottish historical and social importance.
3 Educational Films of Scotland If you ever wondered who made some of the sometimes tedious, sometimes fascinating films that you were occasionally forced to watch at school, chances are it was McConnell. His best-known film for the EFS was an 18-minute 1973 film on Scottish based sculptor Benno Schotz.
4 Eddie McConnell Self-effacing in the extreme, McConnell is a difficult man to find much information about despite a long career in the media. So its is a good job that he is on hand for a Q&A at this special event to give us the real story of his remarkable life. (Paul Dale)
Time of His Life: The Films of Eddie McConnell, Filmhouse, 623 8030, 24 Aug, 2.40pm, £6.50 (£4.55).