One of the original protesters who stormed a men’s only Aberdeen pub has told of her delight at finding out the story was being told on the silver screen.
Jacquie Blair, 67, was one of the protesters who invaded The Grill, an all-male pub, on Union Street in 1973.
And she has since contacted the actress who plays her in the film, with the pair hoping to meet face-to-face.
Bon Accord Civic Heritage Association and Crow House Projects came together to retell the story of female campaigners protesting at the bar after coming across a sign on the window saying: No Ladies Please.
It focuses on the campaign by the disgruntled female delegates attending the Scottish Trades Union Congress.
Those who took over the bar were removed by police and their protest made headlines.
Jacquie, now a community councillor for Larkfield Braeside and Branchton in Greenock, has given her backing to the film.
She said: “I found out about the movie after my brother read about the story in the paper and asked me: ‘Did you know they’re making a film about that time in the Aberdeen pub?’.
“It was exciting to find out they were telling the story – I just wish I knew so I could have been more involved. I never thought they would make a story about this. I got in touch with the actress who played me.
“I was happy to see she was wearing a hat for the film – I used to wear a lot of hats then.”
Jacquie added: “I was in Aberdeen that weekend for the Scottish Trades Union Congress.
“I remember being so upset when I saw the sign and I went into the conference room – I was raging.
“I said to them: ‘Can you believe there is a pub here you can not get a drink in?’. I’m sure there’s a picture of me being escorted outside with a vodka in my hand.”
Dr Fiona-Jane Brown of the Bon Accord Civic Heritage Association, who has led the project, said: “We’re hoping to get the film ready in time for the end of November – to keep in with the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage.”
Lauren Ysanne Hall, 29, who portrays Jacquie in the film, said it was “the most surreal thing” when she got in touch.
She added: “I got a message on Facebook and I thought: ‘This woman has the same name as the woman I play’.
“Jacquie is absolutely lovely and I can’t wait to sit down face-to-face with her and hear her stories.
“I just feel very lucky to have got a chance to work on this project and with so many amazing and talented people.”
The project’s crew is campaigning to fund the second half of the budget with a Crowdfunding page.
Funds would go towards the final push for the film to be professionally edited and would also go towards promoting the movie.