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Family Fugue


A film about how we are haunted by, and in turn haunt our ancestors, and a family who cannot agree on how to tell their own story.

Family Fugue is a contrapuntal film about a white snake, a red Duchess and a golden boy, spanning eight centuries and starting in a cave. It features performances from multiple members of the Ramsay family.

Beginning with the family's origin story of 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; it continues with Katherine Stewart Murray, Duchess of 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 his death was not final.

Playing with these histories as a score to be interpreted, using documentary, reenactment and lush theatrical tableau, the film allows disagreement, criticism and self doubt to flow in and out.

Life is not the wick, nor the candle, it is the burning
Katherine Stewart Murray

Director filmography: Castrocene (2021)

  • Director George Finlay Ramsay
  • Country UK
  • Year 2022
  • Duration 35m
  • UK Premiere


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