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IKWIG 60th Anniversary
28 - 31 November 2005
Submitted by Nicolas Maclean:
I Know Where I'm Going Anniversary
Mull Round & About
By Nicolas Maclean
Mull has been the location for many films, but none so famous or influential as I Know Where I'm Going! by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It is included in Barry Norman's 'Hundred Greatest Films' and was a formative influence on US Director Martin Scorsese. Most of it was filmed in the south of Mull, at Carsaig, Lochbuie and Duart, but the Western Isles Hotel in Tobermory was also a key location.
That was why the hotel's Resident Proprietors Vivien and Paul Thomson supported the initiative of Robert Beveridge of Napier University, Edinburgh, and Steve Crook, Head of PaPAS, the Powell Pressburger Appreciation Society, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first trade showing of the film.
Over 40 fans took part in the commemoration, including from Hollywood and Connecticut in the USA and from Australia and New Zealand, as well as from all over the UK, including people from Mull and other parts of Argyll connected with the making of the film such as Jimmy Robb, Katie Turner and Allan MacInnes. There was great interest in Jessie and Ronnie Gordon's photograph album of the making of the film at the then Pennycross House and Carsaig Pier.
At the Western Isles there were talks by Robert Beveridge, Steve Crook, and Nicolas Maclean of Pennycross, as well as the screening of a documentary about the film and the film itself. Memorable visits included a tour of Moy Castle with Jimmy Robb and Tom Mangnall thanks to Jim Corbett, of Duart Castle with Andrew and June Saul thanks to the Chief, and Inniemore Lodge with Cleodi Mazur's immensely welcome highland hospitality like 'Catriona's' in the film on a nostalgically rainy day. At Carsaig highlights were the famous telephone box, the outside of Carsaig House thanks to Mark Horton and the sadly neglected pier, so crucial in the drama of the film.
More detail will appear through PaPAS on www.Powell-Pressburger.org, including plans for the next anniversary and reunion in 2010.
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