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Digital Subscriptions > iScot Magazine > June 2017 > Promoting THE PROCLAIMERS


Grouse Beater is an essayist, filmmaker and troublemaker

When the Proclaimers manager telephoned to ask if I’d produce their first promotional video I refused. “I don’t do pop videos,” I said, unaware no one sustains a film career in Scotland.

Back in the day, pop videos were made by frustrated drama directors, art school photography graduates unable to sustain a steady camera shot long enough to convey human emotion. For my part, I felt master of my own destiny. I had a six-part international drama series under my belt, a major political thriller, two documentaries, screenplays in development, and a tourist board documentary about Carrickfergus Castle. Life seemed set on its course. Who needed pop videos?

The visit

A few days later a jovial, slightly unkempt, Kai Davidson arrived at my office door unannounced. In a pleasant Inverness accent, wheezing a lot and coughing, he introduced himself as the Proclaimer’s manager and placed a demo-tape on my desk.

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iScot June 2017 issue - the one with The Proclaimers 'Turn that frown upside down' front cover 116 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland from the only truly independent pro Scottish magazine. Alyn Smith MEP - "You're Welcome Here" Robbie Dinwoodie - Saying 'AYE" with LFI Dave Bowman - The Angus Roberston Interview Derek Bateman - More Democracy? Dave Bowman - Gala's Pride Tom Morton - Cadenhead celebrates & Scotland's best Whisky Column Wee Ginger Dug - Nae North Britain Blaze's Trail - Dog for Sale! David J Black - A bedtime story Grousebeater - Promoting The Proclaimers Jason Michael McCann - Subversion of Democracy? John MacKenzie - The Arran Clearances ( yes, 40 miles from Glasgow!) Zoe Weir - Within its walls - Linlithgow Palace Iain McLaren - Photo Essay Mary Edward - The Jews of Glasgow Indy Lawyer - Your very good health Vivien Martin - Spaceman & Spies iScot Short Story - David McVey - Mr Scotland Major Bloodnok and Mystic Mons Meg Heidbyler Soduko ( No, not Sudoko!) Readers Letters