Comments from ‘The Persistence of Spirit’: Blue Black Permanent (Screening & Reunion of Cast and Crew) on 15 June 2019 at Summerhall, Edinburgh
Such a beautiful film. Fascinating to see the themes and imagery from Margaret’s shorts come through and be developed. The ending destroyed me.
Wonderful to see Blue Black Permanent on a big screen again—and in a restored format. Some—many—films age but Blue Black Permanent does not seem to have done so.
I have not seen the film since 1992 at the film festival. I enjoyed it as much today as then.
Robina, BBP Art Department
This is the second time I’ve seen Blue Black Permanent this year. It’s a film you need to watch more than once—there are so many layers to it. I’ve been thinking a lot about working with Margaret and her films. There’s lots I could say but far too much to fit on this card. I might write my thoughts down elsewhere, get in touch if you would like to hear them.
Even lovelier than I remember.
Sarah—thank you for today—lovely to reminisce and enjoy Blue Black Permanent once again.
Blue Black Permanent was the masterpiece that only Margaret Tait could have made. As a poet first and foremost who loved the visual world, as a true artist, expressed in the final sequence.
Where was the mermaid cave scene filmed? (Yesnaby?) Significant to me was the scene of the Shaalder [Tait family boat] going to the island—layered family memories—my own, my dad’s, family albums from 1950s–50s. Important scene—Primula Scotica on clifftop—“It will only grow here. When they try to transplant it, it dies.”