The Memorandum 2006
an iobairt 1994
Without A Trace 2002
THE STORM WATCHERS " a film: written by George Mackay Brown, directed by Gerda Stevenson.
During lockdown, 2021, Gerda was commissioned by the St Magnus International Festival to direct a film of George Mackay Brown"s play THE STORM WATCHERS, to mark Mackay Brown"s centenary (17th October, 2021). Click on Gerda"s News page on the menu bar above to find screening dates.
"An astonishingly powerful short film, full of haunting performances, and visual imagery that captures the spirit of place in Brown"s poetry with extraordinary vividness."
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
"The Storm Watchers by George Mackay Brown - director Gerda Stevenson has made a beautiful short film of the play, for the St Magnus International Festival. The camera angles are really impressive, filmed with such economy. It"s not just close-ups of the women in their homes, there"s beautiful footage of the starry night, the rocks, the wild sea. It"s brilliant."
Samira Ahmed, "Front Row", BBC Radio 4.
"It must be mentioned how well this play has been adapted for the screen. What was originally a series of monologues from the various female characters has now been juxtaposed with striking black and white cinematography of the Orkney land, sea and sky. This " along with an original and chilling score from festival director Alasdair Nicolson " adds new depths to the piece as all elements combine to create a growing sense of foreboding and dread. The Orkney dialect reigns supreme in this play, as a cast of local actresses deliver Brown"s lyrical poetry with subtle and delicate force. The result is an open, vulnerable, and deeply moving performance from each of Orkney"s home-grown performers. Each character draws you in " as if you were in a room with them. The actors filmed themselves on mobile phones during lockdown in their own homes, allowing for intimate indoor moments of dialogue in between the outdoor scenes in which time-lapses revealed Orkney stars racing across a tall night sky, and subsea cameras looked down within the swelling shoals."
Adam Johnston, The Oracdian
“Under the direction of Gerda Stevenson, from beginning to end, this is a lucid and poetic production, full of humanity and honesty, opening our eyes to the on-going conflict between art and science, and becoming a philosophical debate on the value of sight. Believe it. See it.”
The List, 2002, reviewing WITHOUT A TRACE, by Carol K. Mack - Sounds Of Progress
Gerda has commissioned and directed many programmes for BBC Radio Scotland, working with established Scottish dramatists such as Donald Campbell, Alan Spence, Janet Paisley, and Anne Downie.
She has run many acting, writing and story-telling workshops in schools and drama colleges across Scotland.
Below are a few images from Watching (2015)
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