Maurice Sandground

Although a Londoner, Sandground set up a series of production companies in Glasgow in the mid to late 1920s in order to produce Scottish films on Scottish subjects. His drive to put Scotland on film and his talent for self-promotion make Sandground’s legacy one that demands investigation. His greatest (and possibly only) real success as a producer/director came with Bonnie Scotland Calls You (1924) which was hailed at home as ‘the national film’. His other 'Scottish' films – Kilties Three (1919); Bonnie Scotland Calls You; The Life of Robert Burns (1926); Glimpses from the Life of Sir Walter Scott (1926) and Immortals of Bonnie Scotland (1927, a repackaging of the Burns and Scott films) – usefully demonstrate the key issues in Scottish film production throughout the silent era, and perhaps the reasons for its apparent failure to make its mark in the wider world. A full account is given in Caroline Merz's blogpost: 'Why not a Scots Hollywood? Glimpses from the Life of Maurice Sandground'

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