Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait 

Directed by Luke Fowler, co-produced by Luke Fowler and Sarah Neely.  16mm transferred to digital, 60 mins, 2022.

Drawing on a wealth of unseen archival material, the film weaves together a complex and personal portrait of one of Scotland’s most enigmatic independent filmmakers, from the perspective of a fellow artist sensitive to the potential Margaret envisaged for film as a poetic medium.

Awards: Prix International de la Scam/ International Film Award, Cinéma du Réel, 2023, Best Mid-length Documentary,  Hot Docs, 2023

Distributed by LUX/The Modern Institute

Scottish Tour of the film supported by Screen Scotland.

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Upcoming Screenings

13 April Harvard Film Archive

15 April Anthology Film, New York City

18 April Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia

20 April National Gallery of Art, D.C.

29 June FilmUist

Past Screenings


17 Feb Berlinale Film Festival, Premiere

24 Feb Doc Fortnight, MoMA, NYC

5 Mar Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

25/30 Mar Cinéma du Réel, Paris

30 Mar Courtisane festival, Ghent

19/23 Apr EMAF, Osnabrück

27 Apr/ 7 May IndieLisboa

27 Apr/ 7 May Hot Docs Toronto

1/3 Jun FICUNAM, Mexico City

28 Jun Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 

29 Jun Folk Film Gathering, Edinburgh

24 Aug Festival International du Film Insulaire de Groix (Brittany)

29 Aug  Screenplay Festival, Shetland

12 Sept  Open City, London

4 Oct  Wexner Center, Ohio

12 Oct Mirage Film Festival, Oslo

19/31 Oct Viennale

3 Nov Inverness Film Festival, Eden Court

5 Nov Timespan, Helmsdale

6 Nov The New Phoenix Cinema, Kirkwall

11 Nov Dunoon Film Festival

11 Nov Dundee Contemporary Arts

16 Nov Cromarty Cinema

24 Nov Filmmaker Festival, Milano

20 Dec MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling

12 Dec Glasgow Film Theatre

15 Dec Cample Line, Dumfriesshire


24 Mar Cromarty Hall, St Margaret’s Hope

26 Mar Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

27 Mar Malta Biennale

30 Mar Gable End Theatre, Hoy

Being in a Place, 2022, courtesy of Luke Fowler, The Estate of Margaret Tait and The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. 


Luke Fowler (b. 1978, Glasgow) is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. His films have been described as “para-documentary” and often interweave archival footage with his own camerawork and sounds. Fowler’s film portraits often hinge on controversial figures or movements which have often been marginalised, erased or misrepresented by contemporary culture. Fowler studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. He was awarded the inaugural Derek Jarman Award in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012 for his first feature film All Divided Selves. In 2019 he won Best Short film at both Glasgow Short Film Festival and Punto De Visto international documentary festival, Pamplona, for his film Mum’s Cards.