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Cinetopia is collaborating with The Debutante (a feminist-surrealist magazine), and musician-composers Aurora Engine (Deborah Shaw), and Bell Lungs (Ceylan Hay) to bring audiences Electric Muses: a women-led evening of surrealist film and creative, technologically enhanced live music. This unique event will tour three venues through July, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Electric Muses celebrates women working in creative technology spanning across two centuries, bringing their overlooked input into the public eye. 

Since the birth of cinema, women filmmakers have used this “electric” art form to tell their stories. With ELECTRIC MUSES we will merge cinema and live, technologically enhanced music to highlight the profound contributions women have made in creative technology art forms.

Cinetopia is showcasing four surrealist films made by pioneering female filmmakers over the 20th century alongside the compositions of two contemporary Scotland-based composers, both of whom use technology heavily as part of their process and performances, Aurora Engine and Bell Lungs

The main feature will be ‘The Seashell and the Clergyman’ (1928) by Germaine Dulac, a female surrealist filmmaker and director active during the 1920’s. This will be accompanied by a live soundtrack composed and performed by Aurora Engine and Bell Lungs.

In addition, audiences will experience a newly commissioned score of Maya Deren’s experimental short, Meshes of Afternoon composed and performed by the same musical team. Two additional short films by Sarah Pucill and Barbara Hammer will be screened as part of the programme. 

The curatorial team will introduce audiences to the programme, and to the contributions these female surrealist filmmakers made to the movement and to the history of filmmaking.

A Q&A will also follow between the audience and musicians about the work of the various filmmakers and the process of scoring music.

Films performed with Live Music:

Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren; Alexander Hammid) 1943 – 14 minutes

The Seashell and the Clergyman (Germaine Dulac) 1928 – 41 minutes

Electric Muses as part of Film Feels CURIOUS will take place from the 8-10th of July in 3 cities and locations. 

8th July – Newcastle, Star and Shadow Cinema, 8 pm

9th July – Edinburgh, Old Royal High School as part of Pianodrome’s residency, 8 pm 

10th July – Glasgow, Britannia Panopticon, 7 pm 

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We strive to be as accessible as possible with wheelchair access and facilities on site when possible (please see each venue for details). All film content will be shown with closed captions for D/deaf and hard of hearing audience members. If you have any added accessibility needs or questions, please get in touch at

This screening of ELECTRIC MUSES is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at




Aurora Engine is a composer, musician and sonic artist living and working in Leith. Within her practise she creates compositions and soundscapes blending the acoustic textures of real instruments (piano, harps, wind instruments and percussion) manipulating their sounds using creative software and effects pedals. She also writes and performs her own songs on harp or piano.


Bell Lungs is a Scottish musician and composer her work forging richly textured live sets which draw on free improvisation, ambient, avant dream pop, drone, noise and folk traditions, the musical landscape of Scottish raconteur Bell Lungs is often cinematic in scope, featuring electric violin, guitar, omnichord and a range of wild and wonderful noise toys, all wrapped around mesmerically shifting vocals.



The Debutante is a Edinburgh based magazine which aims to engender a new movement of feminist-surrealism. It is a collaborative project originally described as “the love monster of two women”. Since founding co-editors, Rachel Ashenden and Molly Gilroy, launched issue 01 in January 2020, The Debutante editorial team has proudly grown, with Tasmin Petrie as Online Editor, Kelsey Ashe as Guest Editor for Issue02, and Rochelle Robers Guest Editor for Issue 03. It is a non-for-profit publication and both co-editors have full time jobs elsewhere.