The Lion & The Unicorn by Rachel Maclean


This is a clip from “The Lion and The Unicorn” (2012), a 12 minute short film by Rachel Maclean, commissioned by Edinburgh Printmakers and shot at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders.

The video features three recurrent characters: the lion, the unicorn and the queen, who each reference a careful amalgam of historical figures, contemporary politicians and fictional representations. Inspired by the heraldic symbols found on the Royal Coat of Arms of The United Kingdom, the lion (representing England) and the unicorn (representing Scotland), the film uses these representations of both alliance and opposition to explore the myriad, convoluted and often contradictory constructions of cultural identity that make up the unstable definitions of what it means to be Scottish or part of the Union with England.

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