Scottish filmmaking Celebrated at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has unveiled a selection
of Scottish titles as part of the 2016 Festival programme. Featuring a mixture of features, shorts, documentaries, animations and exclusive events.
These films also include MOON DOGS, the feature film debut from renowned television director Philip John (Downton Abbey, Outlander). A stylish coming-of-age tale follows the misadventures of two teenage boys (charismatic youngsters Jack Perry-Jones and Christy O’Donnell) on a road trip with Caitlin (Tara Lee) and features a wealth of Scottish talent and locations.
Steven Lewis Simpson’s NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG will also take audiences on a journey – this time down the winding roads of Native American country, anchored by a startling performance by 97-year-old Lakota elder Chief Dave Bald Eagle.
Scottish actor Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) stars in the comic family drama STICKY NOTES alongside Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez and Hollywood heavyweight Ray Liotta as a struggling dancer striving to hit the big time in Los Angeles.
Angus Macfadyen, best known for taking on the role of Robert the Bruce in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, will bring his directorial debut MACBETH UNHINGED to the Festival. A black and white modern-day retelling of the Shakespearean tragedy.
Emmy Award-winning Brian Cox will be in attendance for acclaimed comedy THE CARER, in which he stars alongside Anna Chancellor and Emilia Fox and western FORSAKEN with Donald and Kiefer Sutherland.
Ayrshire-born director Graeme Maley will also be taking two brand new features to the festival, with screenings of his Nordic film noir A REYKJAVIK PORNO, and the hypnotic Icelandic thriller PALE STAR.
Dougray Scott appears in the apocalyptic thriller THE REZORT, the latest feature from director Steve Barker who’s previous films, Outpost and Outpost: The Black Sun, were filmed in Scotland.
Animation fans can enjoy Five Animated Years of Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson, as the Festival presents the first major retrospective of the inventive, wickedly entertaining work of the world-renowned pair of Scottish animators. Notable for collaborating on the likes of The Making of Longbird and Monkey Love Experiments. Their work has been recognised at festivals across the globe, each garnering an EIFF McLaren Award for Best British Animation in recent years.
EIFF Talent Lab alumni will be making their mark on this year’s Festival as producer Irene Gurtubai and Edinburgh-based filmmaker Ben Sharrock bring the director’s deadpan delight PIKADERO to local audiences.
Edinburgh-based director and Talent Lab participant Mike Day will present his stunning documentary feature THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES, which sheds a light on the impact of the modern life on the Faro Islands.
Giuseppe Tornatore’s contemplation of the nature of love and loss THE CORRESPONDENCE. While Edinburgh based filmmaker Icíar Bollaín will bring new feature THE OLIVE TREE, written by Scottish screenwriter Paul Laverty, to Festival screens.
EIFF will also play host to a special screening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Danny Boyle’s TRAINSPOTTING. It will also show the World Premiere of the newly 4K restored HIGHLANDER, attended by the film’s star Clancy Brown.
Other highlights include Henry Coombes’ debut feature SEAT IN SHADOW, a study of an eccentric artist who doubles as a Jung-inspired psychotherapist.
Preview screenings of the first three episodes of acclaimed BBC Alba Gaelic television show BANNAN with cast and filmmakers in attendance.
The World Premiere of Niall McCann’s documentary LOST IN FRANCE that charts the rise and success of Glasgow-based independent record label, Chemical Underground. The film will also play an integral part of Sound + Vision, a two-day film and music event that will take place at Summerhall, as part of Film Fest in the City.
This year’s Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap series will focus on the theme of Women. Lucie Rachel’s perceptive WHERE WE ARE NOW, Lindsay Brown’s SWAN, Wilma Smith’s THE REVIEW and Natalia Kouneli’s SILENT LAUGHS.
The Shorts Programme will in STRAWBERRY AND VANILLA by Tracey Fearnehough and Holger Mohaupt, TRANSIT ZONE by Frederik Subei and eight shorts from the Scottish Film Talent Network. These shorts include CROWMAN by Duncan Nicoll, DAVE by Garry J Marshall and Chris Watson, GRIMM STREET by Siri Rodnes, NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Cat Bruce, SPORES by Richard and Frances Poet, THE RAT KING by Pavel Shepan, MEET ME BY THE WATER by Raisah Ahmed, and David Cairns’ THE NORTHLEACH HORROR.
Finally, Scottish titles in the animation section include Ross Hogg and Duncan Cowles’ ISABELLA; and a trio of titles from Edinburgh College of Art students: ILLUSIONS by Dominica Harrison, THE LAST DAY from Muqing Shu, and Robert Duncan’s RECORD/RECORD.
Artistic Director Mark Adams said: “We are delighted to once again cast the spotlight on great Scottish talent at this year’s festival. It speaks so much about the breadth and variety of filmmakers, craftspeople and performers that our selection of projects featuring local talent shines so brightly.”
Natalie Usher, Director of Film & Media at Creative Scotland, said “EIFF is a key event in Scotland’s cultural calendar, offering audiences inspirational, world class cinema. With debut features like Graham Maley’s thriller PALE STAR and Mike Day’s breathtaking documentary THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES, screening alongside Jason Connery’s powerfully moving TOMMY’S HONOUR and wickedly entertaining animation from the duo Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson, EIFF is recognising and celebrating the wealth and depth of home-grown filmmaking talent supported by Creative Scotland.”
The 70th edition of EIFF runs from 15-26 June 2016

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