Reopened in 2013 after a major renovation, the Art-Déco Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy is a hive of activity, with a full season of screenings from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet, National Theatre, music nights and a full programme of independent world cinema, as well as the latest Hollywood blockbusters.
Of special interest to art lovers is the complete series of Exhibition on Screen, whose producers work with major international museums and galleries to create a cinematic immersion into some of the world’s best loved art.
Coming up on 8th March, the screening of Mary Cassatt: Painting the Modern Woman coincides with International Women’s Day. American-born, Cassatt made a career painting the lives of the women around her. Her radical images showed them as intellectual, curious and engaging, which was a major shift in the way women appeared in art. Often overlooked, Cassatt sketched and painted dozens of images of mothers and children, yet she never married or had children herself.
A classically trained artist who detested being described as a ‘woman painter’, Cassatt joined a group of Parisian radicals – the Impressionists – in a movement which transformed the language of art. The film traces a time of great social and cultural change, when women were fighting for their rights and the language of art was completely rewritten.
The film is also being screened on 8th March the Cameo Picturehouse Edinburgh, Eden Court Theatre Inverness, the Pavilion Cinema in Galashiels, Perth Playhouse, Dundee Contemporary Arts, the Robert Burns Film Centre Dumfries and Annan’s Lonsdale Cinema. On 12th April the film will screen at The Barn in Banchory and Eastwood Park Theatre in Giffnock.