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I Know Where I am: Michael Powell’s Island Worlds

45m Action, Adventure, Romance 2023

Michael Powell was a filmmaker with a remarkable feeling for landscapes and the emotions they evoke.

He came from the ‘heart of England’ but he was also passionate about the highlands and islands of Scotland. He was a firm internationalist, especially in his partnership with Emeric Pressburger. His approach to stories meant that the locations he chose also prompted the fantastical and in this illustrated talk we explore both the ‘real’ and the imaginary island worlds of his films from Shetland and the Inner Hebrides to the Great Barrier Reef.

Led by Roy Stafford

Part of Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell and Pressburger. A major BFI UK-wide film celebration of one of the greatest and most enduring filmmaking partnerships in the history of cinema: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Films include: I Know Where I am Going (1945) The Spy in Black (1939) Edge of the World (1937) (also available on our streaming platform Return to the Edge of the World (1978) St Kilda, Britain’s Loneliest Isle (1928)

Filming locations for these films include Orkney, Shetland and The Isle of Mull.

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United Kingdom

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