Monthly archives "April 2016"

Edinburgh International Film Festival set to open with the World Premiere of Tommy’s Honour

The 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival will open with the drama ‘Tommy’s Honour‘ on 15th June 2016.
‘Tommy’s Honour’ tells the story of Tom Morris’ (Peter Mullan – ‘Trainspottng’) relationship with his son Tommy (Jack Lowden – ‘War & Peace’) who showed a remarkable talent of his own and matched his father’s sporting achievements. However, despite their shared passion, father and son clash over the unwritten rules of social class, culminating in Tommy’s marriage to a woman of lower standing who hides a shameful secret in her past. Tommy must choose between family loyalty and his dreams of forging his own path with the woman he loves beside him. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) also stars as Alexander Boothby. 

Director Jason Connery commented: “It’s so exciting! I remember standing in the middle of a field in Fife during the shoot and saying to Peter and Jack, ‘Tommy’s Honour‘ might get into the Edinburgh International Film Festival, not in our wildest dreams did we think it would be the Opening Gala opening. That’s fantastic!”

Producer Bob Last adds: “It’s an honour to be back at EIFF for an Opening Gala, it means a lot to have Mark Adams and his team’s support for Jason Connery and our fantastic cast’s telling of an iconic Scottish story. We look forward to introducing our film to Scotland and to the Gala being the first step in taking ‘Tommy’s Honour’ to an international audience.”

 Producer Keith Banks also said: “Our film is a multi-faceted story that resonates across universal themes including father/son relationships, class struggle, deep romantic love, family love and love of a game and a culture. We are thrilled to be able to first showcase ‘Tommy’s Honour ‘to a live audience at such a respected international gathering via our world premiere at EIFF.”

 Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director commented: “We are proud to be staging the world premiere of ‘Tommy’s Honour’. It is a beautifully made film packed with memorable moments and terrific performances and reflects perfectly our intention to keep on bringing great Scottish projects to our audience.”

 Tickets go on sale at 12pm on Wednesday 27th April.

Whisky Galore! Remake will close the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival is delighted to announce that the much anticipated remake of the iconic Scottish comedy Whisky Galore! will close the 70th edition of the festival on Sunday 26th June 2016. 

Inspired by Sir Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel, Whisky Galore! is written by award-winning screenwriter Peter McDougall and based on the true story of a shipwreck off the coast of Eriskay of a ship sailing for America with a cargo of export-only alcohol during World War II. The Scottish islanders, in the midst of a wartime drought of whisky, are determined to take advantage of an unexpected windfall despite opposition from the local Home Guard Captain. 

 Shot on location entirely in Scotland, Whisky Galore! features an ensemble cast James Cosmo (Braveheart), Kevin Guthrie (Sunset Song), and Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and Eddie Izzard (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian).

 Director Gillies Mackinnon said: “I am delighted that Whisky Galore! will close the Edinburgh International Film Festival. This feels like the perfect and most appropriate world premiere for a film which is the remake of a Scottish film classic.” Producer Iain Maclean adds: “I remember watching the film many times, as a child growing up on the Hebrides, on television and of course in black and white. It’s wonderful to bring Sir Compton Mackenzie’s story about whisky and the islanders to a new generation of film fans through this year’s EIFF.”

 Artistic Director Mark Adams said: “We are absolutely delighted to be staging the world premiere of Whisky Galore! as closing night of this year’s festival. It is a delightful adaptation of a much-loved classic and will wrap up our 70th edition in memorable style.”

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday 21st April 2016.


The Jungle Book *****


Running time 106 mins Cert: PG

Synopsis: Mowgli (Sethi), a man-cub is raised by a family of wolves. But when he is no longer welcome in the jungle due to the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Elba), Mowgli must abandon the only home he’s ever known and embarks on a journey of self-discovery meeting a new friend Baloo (Murray) along the way.

After the success of Alice in Wonderland, Malificient and Cinderella, Disney continues remaking their classic animated features into live action pictures with the most beloved classic.

It was always going to be a huge gamble for the studio to tackle another version of The Jungle Book. But it could have been either good or a complete mess. Thankfully director Jon Favreau has delivered an unforgettable piece of family entertainment.

He has been careful to be faithful to the original novel as well as being respectful to the well loved 1967 animated movie. Favreau even uses dialogue and songs from the film with Bill Murray delivering a fun jazz infused ‘Bare Necessities’ and Christopher Walken singing a crooner version of ‘I Wanna Be Like You’.

The voice cast has been well chosen. Scarlett Johansson’s Kaa is unsettling and hypnotic. Ben Kingsley provides a strong impassionate voice to the panther Bagheera. Idris Elba is intense and scary as Shere Khan. Walken makes King Louie who is no longer a Orangutan, but a Gigantopithecus (extinct giant ape) into a Mafia Don which is funny and works well. SNL fans should look out for more Cowbell in the Monkey Temple scene. While Murray provides some much needed humour as well as stealing the show.

Newcomer Neel Sethi is remarkable as Mowgli. Not only does he look like the animated character but he also makes the same movements and gestures as seen in the movie. At times however he becomes a bit annoying, but this may not be due to the young boy’s performance, but rather that the character is full of his own self confidence.

The most unbelievable aspect is that almost everything expect Mowgli has been created by CGI. In fact at the end of the credits it is stated filmed in Downtown Los Angeles. The characters and scenery are so believable it is hard to forget it was all created by a computer. The images look even more spectacular in  3D and may be the most impressive F/X movie since Gravity.

The Jungle Book could have gone so horribly wrong, but is truly a delight to watch. It will be interesting to see if they can carry on with the success with Bill Condon’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ next year.

Reviewed by Paul Logan

Zootropolis *****

Run Time: 108mins  Cert: PG
Synopsis: A freeless rabbit Judy Hopps (Goodwin) goes to the city to join the police, where she teams up with suave con artist fox Nick  Wilde (Bateman) on the trail of a missing otter. 

 Walt Disney Animation appears to be in the middle of another reinassance after a trail of successes with Tangled, Frozen, Wreckit Ralph and Big Hero 6. With their latest sure fire hit they have gone back and done a completely human less animated feature which has not been seen since The Lion King.
The great thing about this film is the script which is clever and witty, as well as being full of film and pop culture references including L. A. Confidential, 48 Hours, The Godfather, Chinatown and believe it or not a clever inclusion of Breaking Bad. Not only that but who would have believed a Disney kids movie would feature aspects of feminist, racism, and discrimination. 

Even although these topics are on the whole heavy going, the scriptwriter’s are never reach your with the subjects and it does actually bring more depth to the animal characters stories. The only minor point is the who dunnit plot is a little to easy to figure out.

The whole world has been given a great deal of thought. From little things on how the smaller animals are able to leave a crowded train to how each creature has there role. Elephants serving ice cream with their trunks to the hilarious scene involving sloths working at the DMV.
Disney’s animators have outdone themselves in creating  a colourful vibrant  world with funny, sympathetic characters. 

All the voice cast make each character memorable, especially by the two leads ‘Once Upon A Time’s’ Ginnifer Goodwin and ‘Arrested Development’s’ Jason Bateman who have great chemistry together.

Not to mention Michael Giacchino’s 70’s noir influenced score which gives the piece an even more dramatic presence.
Who would have thought that an inventive, clever, stunningly creative, fun  animated feature with a strong adult message would be a contender for film of the year.

Reviewed by Paul Logan