Films on literature, music, art, history, society and more. Top up your ideas! The films in the Academy media library form the core of the site effort to nudge folk towards 'being cultured.' In our eyes 'being cultured' just means knowing a bit more about how the world works, how human beings work together best, what it means to be a worthwhile person in a general as well as a particular sense. There is no creed on offer. It's not a religion. There are no absolute answers. But quite a few folk have done it before us so we need to look back as well as we can and use their experience. We need to read their books and look at what they created. The astonishing resource of easily available films like these on your smartphone or screen means that getting cultured is open to millions whereas before it was only a tiny minority of folk 'born lucky' at the top of society you might say who had the chance. They didn't always take it! Make sure you do.. Get going!
Poets usually come from a background used to the written word. Not Burns. His father was an illiterate ploughman and as a youngster he too tilled the land. But he also got an education, wrote poetry, got it published and became the toast of the educated society of his day - 18th century Scotland. The story is an astonishing one, moving and certainly not without its problems.This film by Malcolm Hossick unravels it, shows off some of his wares and ends with an overview of his works. AM004HD16 BURNS 2016 34'42