RepositoryBill Douglas Centre Archives (GB 2869)
Ref NoBDC 5
Date20th century
Extent46 boxes
TitleJames Mackay papers
DescriptionThis collection contains personal and business papers relating to Mackay's activities as a producer, particularly the films of Derek Jarman. Includes diaries, correspondence, production papers, financial papers, film scripts, screenplays, posters and press-cuttings, 20th century.
Admin HistoryJames Angus Mackay (1954-), is noted as the producer of some of Derek Jarman's greatest films, including 'The Angelic Conversation' (1985), 'The Last of England' (1988), 'The Garden' (1990) and 'Blue' (1993). More recently, he has produced Bernard Rudden's 'Daybreak' (2000) for FilmFour. He has also produced music videos for The Smiths, Suede, Patti Smith and The Pet Shop Boys.

Mackay may have attended North East London Polytechnic and graduated c 1977. In the late 1970s, Mackay produced a series of programmes for the Edinburgh International Film Festival titled 'New British Avant-Garde films' and arranged a similar programme for the Forum section of the Berlin Film Festival. Later, he would revisit curating as Film and Video organizer of the B2 gallery from 1981-1983. He began producing in 1981 through Dark Pictures, the firm that he founded as a production and marketing company for new films and video, beginning with a series of shorts by Derek Jarman.

The years 1981-1984 saw him produce three notable video to cinema projects; Jarman's Imagining October and Ron Peck's highly acclaimed 'What Can I Do With a Male Nude?', both shorts, along with Jarman's feature 'The Angelic Conversation'. In 1985, he produced 'Super Eight', a documentary about the history of Super 8mm film-making from home movie format to political and artistic tool for Channel Four Television, as well as developing Jarman's 'Caravaggio' for the British Film Institute.

Mackay produced Derek Jarman's segment of Don Boyd's 'Aria' in 1987 and produced 'The Last of England' with Boyd in 1988.

Since 1996 Mackay has sought to rebuild ties with his native Scotland, lecturing at Napier University (where he introduced digital cinematography as early as 1996) and working with the Scottish Arts Council on their Lottery Film Committee. Amongst his current projects (2005), Mackay is developing a film version of a Michael Nyman opera, a new feature by Lynn Hershman and a multi-screen project with Turner Prize nominee Hannah Collins.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialNo related papers are known.
Access ConditionsUsual BDC and EUL arrangements apply. Access to some items may be restricted due to the Data Protection Act: please contact the Curator or Archivist for further information.
Finding_AidsA box list of the first deposit is available, compiled in Jan 2006. The second deposit made in Aug 2006 is currently unlisted.
Creator_NameMackay; James (1954- ); producer
Mgt_GroupBill Douglas Centre papers
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