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Where You’re Meant To Be (15)
+ Q&A with director
UK, 2016, 76 mins, dir. Paul Fegan
Following the success of his short film Pouters (featured at Two Short Nights Film Festival 2015) Paul Fegan’s first feature documentary follows Scottish cult-pop raconteur and former Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat as he tours Scotland in 2014, performing his modern re-interpretations of old folk songs.
It was meant to be a tour that celebrated communities and lore. But just before they hit the road, Moffat met Sheila Stewart: a 79-year-old force of nature, the last in a line of travelling folk royalty, and a balladeer whose life – and unexpected death, in 2014 – upturned Moffat’s folk assumptions, and diverted the course of Fegan’s film.
The ensuing film is a warm-hearted journey through music, mortality, landscape and time. It’s also a moving, wry and enlightening depiction of two of Scotland’s most distinct and vital voices, as they cross paths (and words): Moffat believes Scotland’s oldest songs are ripe for re-working against a contemporary urban backdrop. Stewart does not.
‘Fun, affectionate and foul-mouthed’
‘Infectiously entertaining and unexpectedly profound’
LITTLE WHITE LIES
‘Touching as hell. You must see it.’
THE FILM PROGRAMME, BBC RADIO 4
Venue: Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix