RA: The Path of the Sun God
A Vision of Ancient Egypt
1990 72 minutes 35mm
DAWN: The Creation
NOON: The Year of the King
NIGHT: The Gates of the Underworld
Four years in the making, Ra was created and shot entirely in Glasgow by Persistent Vision Animation, Scotland’s only animation studio at the time. The film combines traditional animation techniques with special optical effects to produce a dream-like evocation of Ancient Egyptian beliefs about the Creation and Man’s place within it.
The first part of the film is given over to the Egyptian Genesis. The Egyptians had many gods and goddesses and creation myths. Ra brings these myths together in a single version and concentrates on the story of Osiris and Isis and their battle with their evil brother Set.
Part two shows the intertwining of the world of the gods with that of the Divine Pharaoh, whom the ancient Egyptians believed to be the son of the Sun God Ra. The life of the Divine Pharaoh is depicted as a journey through the rituals which surround his initiation into temple life.
In death, the Pharaoh continues his journey in the Underworld in the boat of the Sun God Ra, travelling through the twelve hours of night and conquering the powers of darkness before being resurrected at the dawn of the new day.
Written, animated and directed by
Original music composed by
with Stuart McInnes
Dr. Geraldine Pinch
Special Effects Rostrum Camera
CHANNEL FOUR TELEVISION CORPORATION
in association with
THE SCOTTISH FILM PRODUCTION FUND
Digital restoration by Neil Castell at Digital Dataworks.