Early 20thC Activism in Orkney

A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm is a short animated film telling the story of the Orcadian Woman’s Suffrage Society. Campaigning for women to have the right to vote took place from the latter half of the 19th Century up to the start of the First World War. Orcadian suffragists  were part of that activism.

the Orcadian Woman's Suffrage Society banner reimagined

Researched and scripted by Fiona Grahame the animation by Martin Laird is stylised to make some reference to the world of 20th century art.  The artist Stanley Cursiter was associated with the Orcadian Woman’s Suffrage Society, having designed its banner and married Phyllis Hourston, one of its members.  The design of characters and locations was derived from period photos.

The narration by Orcadian Kim Foden is upbeat and enthusiastic. The original score by James Watson sets the perfect tempo  for  the flow of the animation.

The animation was made possible with an award from the Scottish Government’s Centenary Fund which supported projects celebrating 100 years of some women gaining the right to vote.

The animation is free to view on YouTube and it will be available shortly along with educational materials to schools and groups. The Orkney News would like to thank the Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall for showing it during the week of International Women’s Day.

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