EIFF Announces the World Premiere of Iona as 2015 Closing Night Gala


Edinburgh International Film Festival announces that Scott Graham’s second feature Iona will have it’s  world premiere on Sunday 28 June 2015 at Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

This follows Graham’s award-winning Shell (2012), the feature version of his debut short film of the same title, which had its world premiere at EIFF 2007. His second short, Native Son, also screened at the Festival in 2010.

Part coming-of-age story and part returning-home drama. The film is set on the Hebridean island of Iona. Named after her birthplace, Iona (Ruth Negga) returns to the island with her teenage son to seek refuge from a violent crime in Glasgow. Iona’s return exposes her tormented son, Bull, to a way of life she rejected when she left the island as a teenager and sends a shockwave through the family she left behind.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, Iona stars Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Douglas Henshall (Shetland), Tom Brooke (The Boat That Rocked) and Michelle Duncan (Atonement).

Director Scott Graham said: “I discovered many films and filmmakers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh was my home all through my twenties, and it was in venues like Filmhouse and the Cameo where I learned the value of the stories we tell and the emotions we share. I’m thrilled Iona will have its premiere here and doubly thrilled it will close the Festival. What an honour.”

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of EIFF said: “We are thrilled to be closing this year’s Festival with Scott Graham’s lovely, moving and enthralling Iona. He is a striking cinematic talent and the film will wrap this year’s Festival in the perfect way.”

Iona is set for release in the UK later this year. 


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