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Then and now location sites for the film at North Kessock. The programme featured a full synopsis for the film written by Andrew Paterson in 1912.


Written, produced, directed and filmed by Andrew


Paterson, the cast included local amateur thespians Evelyn Duguid as Mairi, Tom Snowie, Dan Munro, Jack Maguire, Dan Dallas, Alex Paterson, Hector McIver and Luis Lyon. The story involves Highland whisky smuggler Lovat


MacDonald, whose daughter Mairi is in love with Revenue Officer Bates. Alpine, one of the smugglers, is also in love with Mairi and swears revenge. The Revenue Officers follow the smugglers to their cave hideout, and a fight ensues in which Bates is dashed down to the rocks below. Mairi sees Alpine watching over the still form of her lover and seeks help, whereupon Bates recovers. The other smugglers are smoked out of the cave. At the end Mairi reconciles Alpine with Bates, and everyone lives happily ever after. The scene where the two men are fighting on a cliff


top, before Bates is exchanged for a dummy and thrown over the edge, is a brilliant example of early


special effects, and the film stands in comparison with most of the professionally made films at that time. It was a considerable achievement for a photographer and cast without any film experience. As a portrait photographer, it would have seemed


logical for Paterson to feature a substantial amount of facial close-ups in the film, a trait of the silent movies where close-ups were used to display emotion, but, interestingly, there are none in the film at all. Leading man Tom Snowie (1892-1972), a cabinet


maker also heavily involved in the local dramatic scene, eventually went on to play Rob Roy for many years. Tall, of fine physique and commanding presence, Snowie made an imposing Rob Roy in his Highland garb. He was later a manager of the old Central Hall Picture House but never mentioned his participation in the film during his lifetime, and his grandson Peter Snowie only learned about the existence of the film when it was shown at Eden Court in 2012.


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