Family Fugue
16mm film, running time tbc, colour and b&w, sound, 2022 (in production)


'this is a song of privilege & constraint'

A contrapuntal film about a white snake, a red Duchess and a golden boy, spanning eight centuries and starting in a cave. This docufantasia begins with a family's origin story about Neish de Ramsay, a 13th century wizard who was said to have cured king Alexander II of Scotland using a potion from a white snake; continues with Katherine Atholl a trailblazing female MP in the early 20th century who fell out of politics because she vocally opposed fascism; and concludes with David Ramsay, a polymath prankster whose life was terminated abruptly during action in World War II, suggesting he may have transformed into an owl.

A celebration and a critique steeped in irony and reverence.


Created in collaboration with Alexander Hetherington, Luke Fowler, Nina Le Galliard Lopez, Annie Crabtree, Charlie Hope, Bebe Geen, Rudi Zygadlo, Mark Thomson and the Ramsay family.

Upcoming screening at Camden Arts Centre and exhibition at Generator Projects. Funded by Creative Scotland and Hope Scott Trust.