Sunset Song at Braemar Castle

Where: Braemar Castle
AB25 5XR

When: Sun, Jun. 5, 2016 4:00pm — 6:00pm

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About this event:
Enjoy free tea and scones and a talk on the Royal Deeside buildings used in the recent filming of the northeast’s classic novel Sunset Song. Director, Terence Davies, chose to film his intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War, not in the Mearns where Lewis Grassic Gibbon set the original, but in the protected environment of the Cairngorms National Park. Could it be that the absence of windfarms may have influenced that decision? Whatever the influence, the ancient architecture of the Park provides a powerful backdrop for the film and gives the right setting for young Chris Guthries’s endurance against the harshness of rural Scotland and her struggle between tradition and change. In an entertaining talk, Professor of History of Art at Aberdeen University, Janes Geddes will explore the different approaches to architecture by Grassic Gibbon in Sunset Song, Nikolaus Pevsner in Buildings of Scotland and by Terence Davies in his film. Each man’s story is driven by a sense of place but what unites these three, is a sense of exile. Tea and scones from 4pm followed by Jane’s talk at 4.30 To book a place (so we know how many scones to bake) please ring Braemar Castle on 013397 41219 or visit The event is free, but donations are welcome. Look forward to seeing you