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2020 – A Film by Paul Mothersole - 25th 8:00pm

Local filmmaker Paul Mothersole has made an innovative short video diary style film with members of his family which documents the trials and tribulations of Lockdown in 2020. Conceived and directed by Paul Mothersole; supported by Renfrewshire Leisure and Funded by Creative Scotland’s Venue Recovery Fund.



T.G. Abercrombie

Many of Paisley’s best loved buildings were designed by local architect Thomas G Abercrombie. From the YMCA building to Paisley Grammar School, from Greenlaw Parish Church to the Drill Hall and of course the Renfrew Victory Baths, Abercrombie was the masterbuilder behind all these fabulous Renfrewshire buildings and more. Inspired by the 100th Anniversary of the Renfrew Victory Baths local filmmaker Kevin Cameron has worked with historian Michael Davis to tell Abercrombie’s inspiring story. The film was commissioned by Renfrewshire Leisure and supported by Creative Scotland’s Venue Recovery Programme


Renfrew Victory Baths is 100

Renfrew Development Trust has made a film about the Renfrew Victory Baths to celebrate the pool's 100th anniversary. Made by local filmaker Paul Russell and assisted by baths staff member Claire Carlton, the film interviews Nick Lobnitz, great grandson of Sir Fred and Lady Lizzie who gifted the pool to the town in 1921, as well as lots of local swimmers and staff from the pool.

The film was recently premiered at a unique outdoor event at Robertson Park, Renfrew and offers a unique insight into the life and times of this much loved local landmark which is run by Renfrewshire Leisure.


Reel Life – Stephen Mansfield by Paul Russell

Stephen Mansfield photojournalism’s documents everything from bowling club prizegivings to Royal visits, and he was in the thick of the celebrations after St. Mirren won the Scottish Cup in 1987.


Reel Life: The Cine Films of Alexander Cunningham by Paul Russell

REEL LIFE is a short festival that celebrates the image obsessed enthusiasts who have made a great contribution to local visual culture in Renfrewshire.

Alexander Cunningham is a transport enthusiast who documented local buses and trains as well as the now lost branch line to the Linwood Car Factory.


Reel Life – Packaging the Past, An Archivists Perspective by Paul Russell

The National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive has supported many local film shows in Renfrew and Paisley and has a wealth of film archive.


Reel Life – Paisley’s Home Guard digitised by Paisley Camcorder Club

Paisley’s Home Guard came to light as a result of the Paisley Camcorder Club’s efforts to preserve local screen history. It depicts Paisley’s own Dad’s Army!


Reel Life – St Margaret’s School by Dan Cattigan digitised by Paisley Camcorder Club

St Margaret’s School was a girl’s only Catholic school on the Renfrew Road. Filmed by Dan Cattigan it this school play is remarkable for its fabulous costumes and set design.


Reel Life – Threadbare by Jack Wardrop

Threadbare was made by Jack Wardrop to bring attention to the decline of Paisley’s manufacturing base. It is a powerful first hand account of these traumatic changes.


Reel Life: Reel Life – Dan Cattigan, Paisley’s Film Man by Paul Mothersole

This film about local cinema projectionist Dan Cattigan was made by Paul Mothersole. Dan is fondly remembered as Paisley’s film man!


Reel Life – Jack Wardrop Citizen Journalist by Paul Russell

Jack Wardrop was often seen documenting a changing Paisley. Paul Russell who inspired the REEL LIFE festival made this film towards the end of Jack’s successful film career.


Reel Life – The McCrimmon Films of Johnstone digitised by Paisley Camcorder Club

The McCrimmon films of Johnstone were left by the family at Paisley Museum and were recently digitised following efforts by the Paisley Camcorder Club to preserve local film history. It depicts many aspects of local life.



Paisley Punks: The Story of the Paisley Punk Scene - 25th 8pm

The story of The Paisley Punk Scene is one that hasn't been told on film. There has been a few articles on this subject in papers, blogs and magazines over the years but nothing on screen.

The story is an amazing part of Paisley's Music heritage and has led, in many ways, to the vibrant music scene we see in town today. Many well known artists such as The Fall, Q Tips, Altered Images have played here and their story is untold.



The Tony Convery film uncovers some fantastic footage of a pristine Glasgow Airport from 1966, refitting of Queen Elizabeth at Greenock, Renfrew airport and the M8 under construction. 


1935 King George V Celebration

Fun and games in Robertson Park to celebrate the jubilee of King Gorge V. Featuring Renfrew Burgh Band and Renfrew Pipe Band. Prizes given by Margaret Michie


Babcocks Boiler

Making of what was then the largest boiler to come out of Babcocks. Destined for Spain, a special ship came up the cart to ferry it away.


Bascule Bridge

Rare behind the scene view of Renfrew’s iconic bascule bridge one of only 2 in the world still operating.


Queens Visit 1966

Queens Visit 1966: Visit by Queen Elizabeth 2nd to Renfrew. On the same day she and the Duke of Edinburgh visited India Tyres, Babcocks, Kilbarchan and the new TV Centre at Glashow University – so a busy day!


Renfrew Gala

A short film looking at all the fun and games and the people at Renfrew Gala in recent years


Renfrew Highland Games 1965

A rare view of the Renfrew Highland Games which took place on the playing fields in Moorpark on the King George V Memorial playing grounds


Victory Day Celebrations

One year after the war ended in 12946 this film shows the games that took place on the Babcocks Sports Grounds to celebrate the Allied Victory in WW2



This is our place. Places hold things. Things we said and did. Things we forgot we said and did. Things we’ve still to say and do. A daily walk that helps keep the heid.

A step out the door for the first time in a long time. One Foot in Front of the Other travels around lesser-known parts of Paisley, taking you into the minds of two locals navigating their thoughts and feelings as we begin to re-emerge. Inspired by images and stories submitted by locals as part of #SecretPaisley.


The Salmon are Back (Reeling Through the Years 

Working with Paisley Museum, Alex Cathcart made this fascinating and heart-warming film about the return of salmon to the upper Clyde.


Memories of Renfrew Ferry (Reeling Through the Years)

This film remembers the Renfrew Ferry in its many guises, always a great trip across the water!


Jack Wardrope Citizen Journalist (Reeling Through the Years)

Jack Wardrope was a well-known Buddie who documented many Paisley’s special occasions and events.


A History of Paisley (Reeling Through the Years)

A film about the history of Paisley made by local teacher and filmmaker Falconer Houston in the early 1960’s


Screen Time

Screen Time is a short film that talks about the coronavirus lockdown and the impact that has had on people’s mental health. Similar in style to their award-winning debut film ‘The Brave’, Screen Time is a new Scottish poetic monologue that aims to reflect the experiences of many people during lockdown.


Watch the Birdie: When the stars golfed at Renfrew

Created by local filmmaker, Paul Russell, the film, Watch The Birdie, captures the excitement of locals as they watched the golf tournament – in aid of the Variety Club of Great Britain – held in August 1977.


A Lion Rose in Paisley - Willie Gallacher

Aug 12th 2020 marks the 55th anniversary of the passing of one of Paisley's best loved Buddies, Willie Gallacher. Willie Gallacher was a Communist MP for West Fife and as a member of Red Clydeside movement in the first part of the Twentieth Century, he played an important part in the rise of socialism in Britain. Local filmmaker Alex Cathcart was inspired to find out more about this sometimes-controversial Buddie 


In The Frame 

Paul Mothersole’s Hidden Railways which takes us back to the heyday of Paisley’s railways Paul Russell’s film ‘Honey I Shrunk the Railway’ is a charming look at the trials and tribulations of keeping the ever popular Barshaw Park model railway running. Alasdair Shaw’s ‘Captain Lockdown’ is a surprising and charming tale of superheroes embattled by the problems of saving the world during lockdown.

The Renfrew Rhymer - Walter McCorrisken

The Renfrew Rhymer is a new film on the life of Walter McCorrisken. With the help of Walter’s son, Richard, filmmaker, Paul Russell tells the amazing story of the Renfrew poet and writer’s life

Robert Tannanhill Weaver Poet

We are presenting a few films about Tannahill to celebrate his birthday. The initial film is from 1974 by Falconer Houston and is enacted by pupils from Castlehead High school. The film is followed by three poems brought to life by local community groups.




Renfrew On Film

Renfrew On Film An evening celebrating five years of local music and archive film. Featuring music from Renfrew Burgh Band and Alistair Iain Paterson. Special Guest Ann Cameron from National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive


When Renfrew Roared

When Renfrew Roared, features footage of the final and interviews with Renfrew Juniors legendary centre forward, Jimmy Rundell –and fan, Campbell McGregor. There were 49,000 fans at Hampden on May 19 1962, for the final between Renfrew and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. The match ended a 1-1 draw, with George Newton scoring, but unfortunately, Renfrew lost 1-0 in the replay, which was also staged at the national stadium. 

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