Perth Film Society presents
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Online via Zoom
Join Perth Film Society and the director of Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Steven Lewis Simpson for a live Q&A where he will talk about his career, and about the incredible life of the film’s star, Dave Bald Eagle (born 1919), with personal family connections to Little Big Horn (1876), then Wounded Knee (1890), where the film climaxes.
After working with Roger Corman (Apollo 13
; Grand Theft Auto
; Silence of the Lambs
), Aberdeen born Simpson shot his first feature film aged 23. Before that, at only 18, Simpson was the UK’s youngest fully qualified stockbroker and trader. While working in Glasgow and on hearing about the return of a Sioux warrior’s "Ghost Shirt" from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation, Simpson decided to make his own pilgrimage to Wounded Knee. He was there with tribal elders in 1999 at the handing-over ceremony for the shirt, which he felt linked Scotland to the Lakota in very many ways. The journey inspired Simpson to make a film — Neither Wolf Nor Dog
— on a poverty-stricken Native American reservation, with the family dubbed “most hostile in the US” by the FBI”, about the descendants of the few who survived that brutal massacre.
Free but ticketed. Booking will close at 2pm on the afternoon of the event. Ticket holders will then be emailed the link to the Zoom Q&A at about 4pm on that same day.
How the Q&A works
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Watch the film Neither Wolf Nor Dog
online via Perth Film Society’s Vimeo link from 13 – 20 March for £5 per device. Book film here
More info about the film:
Online via Vimeo – Book film here
Certificate 12A | 2016 | 110 minutes | English and Sioux
Join Perth Film Society via Vimeo
to watch this not-to-be-missed film adaptation of the international best-selling semi-autobiographical novel by Kent Nerburn. The book is a cult classic and is essential reading in American colleges, providing deep insights into Native American history and culture. The UK edition, published by Edinburgh’s Canongate Publishing (with a foreword by Robert Plant no less), hit the Amazon Best Seller list pre-Covid.
The film’s screenplay was co-written by Nerburn and the film director, Aberdeen born Steven Lewis Simpson. It takes us on a hugely moving road trip through contemporary Lakota life, in the company of tribe elder Dan (Dave Bald Eagle).
As the story begins, Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney), who has recently published an oral history of Native American folklore, receives a phone call from a young Native American woman (Roseanne Supernault). She explains that her elderly grandfather wants to meet him. Nerburn soon becomes intrigued enough to agree to make the long journey to Dan’s home on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation (where much of the film was shot). When they meet, the wily old man tells Nerburn that he's hardly the first white man to visit the reservation. "We get 'em all," Dan says with a gleam in his eye. "Social workers, missionary types and old hippies!" He says that he wants Nerburn to turn his shoebox collection of scrappy notes into a book. Intrigued, Nerburn starts reading …
The film, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016, has never been out of cinemas since then, making it the longest continual run of any movie in America in over a decade. It is also the most successful non-Hollywood US Native American film in many years.
Entry to watch Neither Wolf Nor Dog
is via the Perth Film Society Vimeo link: Book film here
Viewers must buy their own individual entries to the film direct from Vimeo at a discounted rate of £5 per device/household. Each device/household can then view the film inside the specified date range of 13 - 20 March 2021 inclusive.