Scene by Morgan Downie

Strangely enough, considering the flourishing poetry scene in Scotland, this is the first Scottish videopoem I’ve posted here. It’s evidently the first of three films Alastair Cook will be making for something called this collection, which promises to deliver many more Scottish videopoems:

this collection is a collaboration between Edinburgh writers and filmmakers inspired by these poems, which aims to create a detailed picture of day-to-day life in the city, with all its foibles and issues, through the media of poetry and film.

Basically, we have gathered 100 poems by Edinburgh writers, each poem no more than 100 words long. We’re now looking to invite filmmakers, sound designers, animators who will like to get to work on creating short films based on poems of their choosing. We then intend to showcase the poems and the films together, both online and at events across the city throughout 2010-2011.

The full list of poems is included on the blog. “Scene” is one of two poems on the list by Morgan Downie.


  1. Reply
    Alastair Cook 15 March, 2010

    Hey! Thanks for posting my film of Morgan’s poem, Scene. Its companion piece, Portobello, is online now at

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 15 March, 2010

      Hi Alastair – My pleasure. Thanks for commenting. I’ve subscribed to your videos on Vimeo, so I should see everything you’ve posted there from now on. I hope you can encourage the other “this collection” filmmakers to be equally generous in sharing their work online.

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