A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm - the story of the Orcadian Woman's Suffrage Society

Campaigning for women to have the right to vote took place from the latter half of the 19th Century up to the start of the First World War. Orcadian suffragists were part of that activism.

Researched and scripted by Fiona Grahame, the hand-painted animation by Martin Laird is stylised to make some reference to the world of 20th century art. The artist Stanley Cursiter was associated with the Orcadian Woman's Suffrage Society. He designed its banner and married Phyllis Hourston, one of its members. The design of characters and locations was inspired in part by his paintings, as well as period photos.

The narration by Orcadian Kim Foden is upbeat and enthusiastic. The original score by James Watson sets the tempo for the animation.

The animation was made possible with an award from the Scottish Government’s Centenary Fund which supported projects celebrating 100 years of some women gaining the right to vote.

  • Martin Laird
  • Fiona Grahame
  • Kim Foden
    Key Cast
  • James Watson
  • Martin Laird
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  • Genres:
    Education, History, Art, Animation, Politics
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,150 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    4k 60fps animation
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • International Women's Day 2019
    United Kingdom
    March 8, 2019
    World premiere in Phoenix Cinema, Kirkwall
Director Biography - Martin Laird

Martin Laird studied Fine Art (drawing and painting), and Architecture to degree level at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Skills acquired there were used to animate the story of the Orcadian Woman's Suffrage Society, which combines hand painted art with computer animation.

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Director Statement

My work is towards positive social change through art and rationalism.