Blue Black Permanent is coming to Blu-ray courtesy of the BFI

Blue Black Permanent is coming to Blu-ray courtesy of the BFI

Blue Black Permanent, Margaret Tait’s only feature film, made when she was 74 and created from her own screenplay, was co-produced by the BFI in 1992. It was the first ever Scottish feature directed by a woman. Now newly remastered in 2K, it will be released by the BFI in a Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray & DVD discs) and on iTunes on 24 June 2019.

The release follows a celebratory season held at BFI Southbank in October/November 2018 to mark Margaret Tait’s centenary. Special features on the discs include a selection of her short films and a filmed panel discussion that took place during the BFI season.

Blue Black Permanent, starring Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls), Jack Shepherd (The Golden Compass, Bill Brand) and Gerda Stevenson (Braveheart, Heartbeat) is a haunting and magical film that moves between Edinburgh and Orkney as it tells of a photographer’s attempt to come to terms with her mother’s death through her childhood memories. Filled with flashbacks and dream sequences, it’s also a film about the islanders’ relationship with the ever-present sea.

Special features

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • A Portrait of Ga (1953, 5 mins): Margaret Tait's hypnotic and deeply personal short documentary about her mother
  • The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo (1955, 7 mins): Tait's entrancing interpretation of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem
  • Rose Street (1956, 15 mins): Tait's film about the Edinburgh street that runs parallel to Prince's Street
  • Margaret Tait: Film Maker (1983, 34 mins): the director talks to video artist Tamara Krikorian in this in this portrait directed by Margaret Williams
  • Film Poems Panel Discussion (2018, 31 mins): Curator Peter Todd examines Tait’s work with Lucy Reynolds, So Mayer and Anna Coatman in an onstage discussion filmed at BFI Southbank
  • Illustrated booklet with essays, film credits and notes on the extras (first pressing only)


For a full list of all upcoming releases for you to buy to own you can check out our 4K Blu-ray release schedule and DVD and Blu-ray release schedule.


Blue Black Permanent (1992)
Dir: Margaret Tait | Cast: Celia Imrie, Gerda Stevenson, Jack Shepherd, James Fleet | Writer: Margaret Tait (original screenplay)

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