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Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream *****


UK/ Director Grant McPhee/ 94mins
Synopsis: After the Punk explosion of 1976 shockwaves were sent throughout the United Kingdom’s youth. In Scotland, Fast Product and Postcard records would herald in the birth of indie music sounds and fashion and build the template for BritPop. This would all begin from two small tenement flats in opposite coasts of Scotland.

After making an impressive debut with Sarah’s Room, Director Grant McPhee returns with an informative and interesting documentary about the Scottish music scene from 1977-1985.
In a tenement flat in Edinburgh Bob Last and Hilary Morrison through their record label FAST Product, would go onto sign the Fire Engines, Scars and Boots For Dancing.
They would go on to produce acclaimed DIY releases including The Mekons, Gang of Four, Joy Division and the Dead Kennedys.
Fast Product would later expand into publishing and management and eventually be responsible for the 1981 Christmas No.1 ‘Don’t You Want Me’ and parent album ‘Dare’ by The Human League.
Meanwhile on the west coast, Glasgow based Postcard Records run by the enigmatic Alan Horne with Edwyn Collins would release Orange Juice singles.
With Postcard the music press would travel to see them. While it was claimed that every London based A&R representative was travelling to Scotland to sign anyone with a guitar.
Audiences may not be aware of all or any of the bands, but after watching this extensively researched and compelling documentary there senses will be enlightened to this interesting time for Scottish music.
Although the film is full of information, at 94 minutes never feels dull or dragged out. The overall structure is completely well balanced with a equal amount of screen time for both sides to convey their recollections of past events.
The film is compiled ofinterviews, music videos and stock footage. The interviews range from Fast owner Bob Last to colour characters in the bands to music critics to legends like Joy Division’s Peter Hook. Unfortunately there is no new interview from Orange Juice’s Edwyn Collins, only archived footage. Even the present day footage is given an aged effect look which gives the film an authentic feel.
It does not really matter whether audiences are Scottish Indie music fans or not, this fascinating documentary has something for everyone with great music to tap your feet to.

Reviewed by Paul Logan


Maggie ****


U.S./ Director Henry Hobson/ 95mins


Synopsis: A father (Schwarzenegger) decides to look after his daughter (Breslin) after she is infected by a Zombie attack.


An alternative take on the overused horror genre that brings a different take to the story.


Arnold Schwarzenegger is a loving Midwest farmer who is determined to bring his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) home after she is infected by zombies. As the disease begins to take hold, her father decides to stay by her side, fending other zombies and local law enforcement.


Even although this has a narrative revolving around a virus outbreak and zombies, it is strangely not a horror story. There are very little scenes with the walking dead with virtually no scary aspects. It is more about a father and daughter reuniting and bonding before they have to say their last goodbyes, while questioning the humanity of individual souls.


Casting the Austrian Oak at first appears to be a really bizarre bit of casting. However Arnie is exceptional and for the first time in his career gives an amazing restrained heartfelt performance of a man trying his best to keep the last aspect in his life safe from harm. Breslin yet again gives a great performance showing emotional pain through the sadness in her eyes.


Stunningly shot with a surprising good turn from the Governator, this slow but tender thought provoking piece of melodrama.

Reviewed by Paul Logan


Cop Car ****


U.S./ Director Jon Watts/ 86mins


Synopsis: two 10 year-old boys who are running away from home find an abandoned police cruiser and steal it with the Sheriff (Bacon) in hot pursuit.


Director Jon Watts low budget action drama arrives with hype after wowing audiences in Sundance.


In Midwest America, Travis (Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Wellford) stumble upon an empty cop car in the middle of nowhere. Initially spooked by the vehicle, the two kids eventually drive off. The owner of the said vehicle is a corrupt and murderous cop in the middle of taking care of dirty business.


Kevin Bacon has been prone recently to giving over the top performances, however thankfully he has reined in his tendencies for this role. The two boys are incredibly impressive especially in the scenes, where the kids are displaying a nativity and innocence of things they encounter and experience. The kids have to become adults in order to survive in the world.


The overall feel of the film seems to have been highly influenced by early 70’s chase movies Vanishing Point and Duel also with a hint of The Hitcher.


While the story may not be original it mixes together drama, humour, horror and tension without falling into the usual pitfalls. The characters are given no back stories with the filmmakers leaving the audience to fill in the blanks.


The desert palette widescreen shot landscapes bring the sense of loneliness and isolation which encapture the character’s personalities.


A slow stylish neo Western B-movie with great performances, to make this a highly entertaining piece of cinema.


Reviewed by Paul Logan


The Legend of Barney Thomson ***

UK/ Director Robert Carlyle/ 93mins
Synopsis: When a series of disappearances occur in Glasgow, the police turn their attention to a local barber.


The film begins in a barber’s shop near Glasgow Green where Barney Thomson (Robert Carlyle) has been working for the last twenty years. Despite his commitment, Barney lacks personality and is usually the customers’ last choice. When people start disappearing from his local area, Barney quickly attracts the attention of Detective Inspector Holdall (Ray Winstone) and his sidekick MacPherson (Kevin Guthrie).

The story appears promising initially but becomes more and more ridiculous as it progresses. While there are moments of good comedy and interesting characters, the basic story is weak and lacks any real structure.

While the writers attempt a few twists, these are likely to be anticipated and not come as huge surprises. Their final attempt to shock the audience seems bizarre and unbelievable and doesn’t really work.

Despite this, the performances are strong and save the movie from being a complete disaster. Carlyle is enjoyable and comic as the lead character while Emma Thompson is amusing and believable as an older Glasgow woman. Ray Winstone performs well and James Cosmo is a good supporting cast member.

The film was pleasant enough to watch, but would likely have been terrible without its gold standard group of cast members. Overall it was disappointing.

Reviewed by Lesley Logan


Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015 lineup announced

New Artistic Director Mark Adams announced details of the programme for the 69th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). which runs from 17 to 28 June 2015. The Festival will showcase 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 16 European Premieres, 84 UK Premieres and 2 Scottish Premieres.

The Festival boasts 134 new features, with highlights including the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia’s striking documentary AMY, about the life of music legend Amy Winehouse, the latest Disney-Pixar animated sensation INSIDE OUT, screening as the Festival’s Family Gala; Arnold Schwarzenegger as a tormented father tending his zombie daughter in MAGGIEAndrew Mogel & Jarrad Paul’s THE D-TRAIN, starring Jack Black and James Marsden, while John Cusack and Paul Dano play different aged versions of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson in  music biopic LOVE & MERCY. Classic Screenings will include a rare outing for Noel Marshall’s ROAR, a legendary bizarre cult 1981 big cat movie.

EIFF will also be presenting a series of In-Person events including local hero Ewan McGregor who will attend with his new film LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT, Jane Seymour and Malcolm McDowell for their  roles in BEREAVE, cult Hong-Kong director Johnnie To, with his accompanying feature EXILED and EIFF Honorary Patron Seamus McGarvey who returns with his cinematography ‘In Conversation’ series with two-time Academy Award® winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler.

A special In-Person talk celebrates the 60th birthday of one of Britain’s eminent animators, Barry Purves, and musician, writer and comedian, Neil Innes will present A Half of Innes, a live In-conversation event with musical accompaniment.

British films in competition for the Michael Powell Award include Andrew Haigh’s beautiful portrait of a fractured relationship 45 YEARS, with performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, relationship comedy BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS from Jamie Adams which was shot in just five days on the Black Mountains of Wales, Joseph Bull and Luke Seomore’s BLOOD CELLS about a farmer’s son and his nomadic lifestyle which he is forced to leave behind, the World Premiere of sci-fi thriller BRAND NEW-U from acclaimed documentary-maker Simon Pummell, Jake Gavin’s HECTOR with Peter Mullan as a homeless man, Martin Radich’s NORFOLK with Denis Ménochet, Steven Nesbit’s Romeo and Juliet style drama NORTH v SOUTH with Greta Scacchi, Steven Berkoff and Bernard Hill, BAFTA-Scotland award-winner Colin Kennedy’s directorial debut feature SWUNG; Jane Linfoot’s  psychological drama THE INCIDENT with Ruta Gedmintas and Tom Hughes,  Ludwig and Paul Shammasian’s THE PYRAMID TEXTS starring James Cosmo, author Helen Walsh’s debut as writer/director THE VIOLATORS, THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON, EIFF Honorary Patron Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut and the Festival’s Opening Gala, and IONA, Scott Graham’s  family drama and the Closing Night Gala.
 The International Feature Film Competition includes World Premiere LEN AND COMPANY from Tim Godsall, Rick Famuyiwa’s coming of age tale DOPE Oliver Hirschbiegel’s World War II drama 13 MINUTES, I STAY WITH YOU from Artemio Narro, Niki Karimi’s drama NIGHT SHIFT, Marielle Heller’s THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL with Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård, Doze Niu Chen-Zer’s PARADISE IN SERVICE, YOU’RE UGLY TOO, from  director Mark Noonan, Ole Giæver and Marte Vold’s OUT OF NATURE, 600 MILES, a crime thriller with Tim Roth from Mexican director Gabriel Ripstein, THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT from  EIFF Award Winner Kyle Patrick Alvarez, and MANSON FAMILY VACATION.

This year’s Festival hosts the Award for Best Documentary Feature Film, as well as introducing ‘Doc of the Day’, with each featured film supported by an associated event. Documentaries include PROPHET’S PREY from Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg looking at the megalomaniacal leader of a fundamentalist church, Tiller Russell’s  PRECINCT SEVEN FIVE, Marah Strauch’s tribute to founding father of BASE jumping Carl Boenish in SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, Ross Sutherland’s STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP, based on his live Edinburgh Fringe show in 2014, WHEN ELEPHANTS FIGHT, a spotlight on Britain’s ties to the illicit trade in Congolese conflict minerals directed by Michael Ramsdell, Crystal Moselle’s Sundance sensation THE WOLFPACK documenting an extraordinary family of film lovers who rarely leave their Manhattan home, ABOVE AND BELOW a  portrait of existence lived on the fringes of American society directed by Nicolas Steiner, Ilinca Calugareanu’s CHUCK NORRIS vs COMMUNISM which charts a hustler creating a videotheque resistance in the face of 1980s Romanian communism, Damon Gameau’s  look at our everyday inadvertent sugar intake in THAT SUGAR FILM, Douglas Tirola’s DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON, David Nicholas Wilkinson’s  journey into the origins of cinema in THE FIRST FILM, José Luis López-Linares’ SHERRY & THE MYSTERY OF PALO CORTADO, Paul Goodwin’s look at the British sci-fi comic institution FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD; a love song to the rip-off Turkish pop cinema of the 60’s and 70’s REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF directed by Cem Kaya, an insight into the Bedouin traditions of camel pageants and auctions with one woman breaking taboos in NEARBY SKY by Nujoom Alghanem, THE IRON MINISTRY a portrait of China’s railways by JP Sniadecki, Kevin Pollack’s look at what makes comedians tick in MISERY LOVES COMEDY, THE NEWSROOM – OFF THE RECORD directed by Mikala Krogh, Asif Kapadia’s critically acclaimed AMY and Grant McPhee’s BIG GOLD DREAM: SCOTTISH POST-PUNK AND INFILTRATING THE MAINSTREAM.


EIFF will also host the World Premiere of the English-language version of UNDER MILK WOOD  Kevin Allen’s adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ iconic classic starring Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church,  Jon Watts’ thriller COP CAR starring Kevin Bacon, comedy THE OVERNIGHT directed by Patrick Brice starring Jason Schwartzman and Taylor Schilling, DESERT DANCER with Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto about the story of choreographer Afshin Ghaffarian, actress Talulah Riley’s debut as writer/director SCOTTISH MUSSEL, David Blair’s supernatural thriller THE MESSENGER, Isabel Coixet’s LEARNING TO DRIVE starring Patricia Clarkson and Sir Ben Kingsley. 

The American Dreams strand features Gina Prince-Bythewood’s enthralling musical melodrama BEYOND THE LIGHTS starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover, FRANNY starring Dakota Fanning, Theo James and Richard Gere as a billionaire philanthropist. WELCOME TO ME starring Kristen Wiig,  Jamie Babbit’s dark comedy about the life of a sex addict in FRESNO, Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen’s comedy-romance MEET ME IN MONTENEGRO with Rupert Friend, road trip drama THE ROAD WITHIN starring Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel and Zoe Kravitz and Leslye Headland’s hilarious SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE with Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie and Adam Scott.

Directors’ Showcase includes David Gordon Green’s tale of loneliness and longing, MANGLEHORN with Al Pacino and Holly Hunter, Amy Berg’s  crime story EVERY SECRET THING starring Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks, Peter Bogdanovich’s sex comedy SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY,  Masaharu Take’s award-winning story of a young Japanese woman who morphs in to a boxer in 100 YEN LOVE and Nobuhiro Yamashita’s romantic comedy LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM.


Night Moves films include multi-award winning director Bruce McDonald’s  tale of evil trick-or-treaters HELLIONSCorin Hardy’s debut feature THE HALLOW, Hungarian director Károly Ujj Meszáros’ fantasy film LIZA, THE FOX-FAIRY, director Justin Trefgarne’s NARCOPOLIS starring Elliot Cowan.

 The Young and The Wild strand is includes THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT about one girl’s lie leads to a small American town becoming the scene of a modern-day Salem Witch Trial, documentary PIRATES OF SALÉ which follows four young performers in Morocco as they join the country’s first professional circus, plus a selection of Shorts. The FilmFest Junior strand has family film PAPER PLANES about a boy who wants to enter the world of junior paper planes championship and LABYRINTHUS which tells the story of a boy’s friends who are trapped inside a computer game.  

The New Perspectives strand offers INDEX ZERO by Italian filmmaker Lorenzo Sportiello, about a couple struggling to stay together in a futuristic Europe, Emily Ting’s IT’S ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG a romance set on the streets of Hong Kong, SAND DOLLARS by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas; MELBOURNE a drama set within a Tehran apartment by Nima Javidi and Olympic boxing drama KOZA from Ivan Ostrochovský.

Focus on Mexico strand features Gabriela Dominguez Ruvalcaba’s documentary THE DANCE OF THE MEMORY, Ernesto Contreras’ THE OBSCURE SPRING and THE BEGINNING OF TIME by Bernardo Arellano which looks at ageing and survival during economic and social unrest in Mexico. A selection of Classic Mexican films will screen as part of the Focus, including Roberto Gavaldón’s supernatural drama MACARIO the first Mexican film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Carlos Enrique Taboada’s POISON FOR THE FAIRIES, an unusual gothic tale of witchcraft, told from a child’s point of view.   

As well as the usual focus on British shorts, the Animation strand features cult favourite Ralph Bakshi, who will appear via Skype after a screening of FRITZ THE CAT and will also present an exclusive work-in-progress preview of his new short LAST DAYS OF CONEY ISLAND. Now it its 26th Year, The McLaren Award for Best New British Animation continues to charm audiences with two programmes of the best new short animations from the UK. Other highlights include Ralph Bakshi’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS and his post-apocalyptic feature WIZARDS. There will also be an opportunity to explore linternational animation from around the world in INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION: PANORAMA.  

BLACK BOX returns with another round of experimental films, plus the return for a third year of BLACK BOX LIVE which sees James Holcombe’s film, TYBURNIA accompanied by a live performance at the Traverse Theatre by Dead Rat Orchestra. Amongst the highlights are the World Premiere of Telemach’s Wiesinger KALEIDOSCOPE, a selection of shorts screenings in BLACK BOX SHORTS 1/2/3/4 and Félix Dufour-Laperrriè’s TRANSATLANTIC a  documentary  about life on a cargo ship.

 ‘LITTLE BIG SCREEN brings classic titles in the strand include Michael Mann’s THE JERICHO MILE, Steven Spielberg’s DUEL and Tobe Hooper’s SALEM’S LOT. The Festival also celebrates the work of Walter Hill in WALTER HILL: THE EARLY YEARS which will features  screenings of his finest early works including 48 HRS, THE DRIVER, HARD TIMES, THE LONG RIDERS, SOUTHERN COMFORT, STREETS OF FIRE and THE WARRIORS.


A chance to revisit a selection of films with their own distinctive cinematic stamp, CLASSICS offers audiences a rare chance to see some of these cult hits on the big screen, including Mark Christopher’s belated director’s cut release of his cult disco film, 54: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT, a remastered version of Carol Reed’s classic film THE THIRD MAN starring Orson Welles, and a screening of Joseph Sargent’s THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO.

CINEMATIC TV presents two new exciting productions offering entertainment on TV. These include a sneak-peek at the second season of DOLL & EM, the comedy series following real-life friends Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells and acclaimed artist Jake Chapman’s THE MARRIAGE OF REASON & SQUALOR starring Rhys Ifans in a satire of the paperback romance.

EIFF Honorary Patron Mark Cousins’ documentary 6 DESIRES: DH LAWRENCE AND SARDINIA he explores a journey through Sardinia where Lawrence travelled with his wife in 1921. Cousins will be taking part in a Q&A session following the screening of the film on Monday 22 June. Suitable for younger audiences, LIVE LIVE CINEMA: THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS sees four talented performers create an entire live soundtrack to Roger Corman’s popular 1960 B-movie (THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS). The Edinburgh Schools Film Competition, now in its seventh year, invites young people from Edinburgh nursery, primary, secondary and special schools to submit their short films to EIFF whose selected films are then screened during the Festival for all to see. Screenings take place at Filmhouse on Saturday 27 June (Primary schools) and on Sunday 28 June (Secondary schools). 

EIFF presents a very special 30th anniversary screening of BACK TO THE FUTURE with live accompaniment from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Saturday 27 June.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “We are delighted to be presenting such a thrilling, fun, challenging, provocative, exciting and balanced programme. There really is something for everyone and we hope that filmgoers will get a lot of pleasure out of this year’s Festival.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “The Edinburgh International Film Festival has produced another excellent programme in 2015, showcasing Scottish talent alongside some of the best of world cinema. The film festival attracts visitors to Edinburgh and Scotland, as well as giving local residents the opportunity to see wonderfully diverse and creative films on their doorstep. It also invests in the future of filmmaking though the important delegate programme as well as the Festival Short Film Challenge, and Talent and Animation Labs. By nurturing talent within the industry the EIFF has an important role to play in developing skills to support the future of Scottish filmmaking. The Scottish Government is pleased to support the EIFF with Expo funding of £115,000 in 2015.”



Scottish Filmmakers set to make an impression at the Edinburgh International Film Festival


Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced a number of Scottish titles in the 2015 Programme showcasing the works of numerous Scottish filmmakers and acting talent. 

This year’s includes Peter Mullan’s  in HECTOR, about a homeless pensioner Hector McAdam with a tragic past. The film will receive its World Premiere at the Festival. James Cosmo’s in PYRAMID TEXTS, which tells the story of veteran fighter Ray who talks about his life and career in the ring. BAFTA-Scotland award-winner Colin Kennedy’s Glasgow-set directorial debut feature SWUNG, which a drama about the secret underside of a very modern relationship taken to its emotional and sexual limits based on Ewan Morrison’s debut novel of the same name. Former EIFF short award Former EIFF short award winner Martin Radich’s NORFOLK is about a tough-love father (Denis Menochet from Inglourious Basterds) whose strong relationship with his teenage son (Barry Keoghan) is tested when the boy befriends a girl (Goda Lethauskaite).  Talulah Riley’s writer/directorial debut feature SCOTTISH MUSSEL with Martin Compston as a Glaswegian chancer who moonlights as an illegal pearl fisher in the Highland streams, but falls for a beautiful English conservationist (played by Riley herself) who is passionate about saving endangered mussels. The film co-stars Rufus Hound, Joe Thomas, boxer “Amazing” Alex Arthur and Harry Enfield, and talent from the film are expected to attend the Festival.

Fascinating true Scottish stories make a  appearance in this year’s Programme, ANDREW CARNEGIE: RAGS TO RICHES, POWER TO PEACE details the infamous figure from his humble beginnings in his hometown of Dunfermline, to one of the wealthiest men in the world. David Street’s BATTLE MOUNTAIN follows cycling legend Graeme Obree, aka “The Flying Scotsman”, as he prepares for the human-powered vehicle land speed record attempt in Nevada, using a very unusual bike designed by himself, and christened “The Beastie” by his friend Sir Chris Hoy. Obree is confirmed to attend the film’s World Premiere at the Festival on Friday 19 June. The European Premiere of THE CLOSER WE GET is a autobiographical story from Scottish director Karen Guthrie, about  an apparently ordinary family having to stoically deal with broken dreams and hidden secrets. 

Scottish shorts this year include Karen Gillan’s directorial debut COWARD which receives its European Premiere at the Festival. The film tells the story of a young girl and the pressures she gets from her mother to become a famous actress. Additional shorts include Still Game star Greg Hemphill’s irreverent comedy GASPING starring the brilliant Frankie Boyle as Harvey Higgins who tackles his demons, and loses, which receives its European Premiere. The World Premiere of Edinburgh-based director Owen Rixon’s animation TOONOCALYPSE sees two Edinburgh students document the seemingly harmless infiltration of Earth by cute little cartoon characters. 

Presenting a number of music documentaries, EIFF will host the World Premiere of Grant McPhee’s BIG GOLD DREAM, a contender for The Audience Award, which tells the previously untold story of a post-punk/indie music scene that reverberated from Edinburgh, throughout the UK and beyond. The film takes a look at Bob Last and Hilary Morrison’s independent record label Fast Product in the late 1970s, which quickly became the hub for an eclectic group of musicians. There will be an exclusive gig following the film’s Premiere on Friday 19 June at the Traverse Theatre featuring some of the musical talents from the film including singer-songwriter Vic Godard. Stefan Schwietert’s fascinating glimpse into the mind of a musical maverick, IMAGINE WAKING UP TOMORROW AND ALL MUSIC HAS DISAPPEARED documents Scottish artist, musician and writer, Bill Drummond’s idiosyncratic approach to the music industry. Here he provides exclusive commentary on his work, past and present, whilst working on one of his current passions, his choral project The17. Drummond will attend the UK Premiere of the film and take part in a special performance after the screening. Artur Guza’s access-all-areas documentary POLSKA delves in to the world of Scottish singer, songwriter and actor Derek Dick, better known as “Fish”, who was the lead singer of British rock band Marillion. A deeply moving and honest portrayal, Fish will be in attendance at the Festival where the film receives its World Premiere.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “We are delighted to be presenting so many films with Scottish links at this year’s festival. Not only are we opening and closing with brilliant new local films, but the festival is punctuated with terrific Scottish documentaries, shorts, animation and features.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “This year the Edinburgh International Film Festival is bursting with Scottish talent. From the opening scenes of The Legend of Barney Thomson to when the credits roll on Iona, the festival will celebrate a wide variety of talented Scottish actors and filmmakers. This extraordinary level of Scottish creativity on show at the EIFF is also apparent to those attending Cannes this week. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the hard work of Scottish filmmakers at festivals in Scotland, the UK and overseas.”

Natalie Usher, Director of Film & Media at Creative Scotland, said: “We are delighted to see such a large number and variety of projects with a Scottish connection screening throughout the Festival, demonstrating the talent and skills of filmmakers and crew working in Scotland. To have the premieres of films from Scottish directors as the Opening and Closing films in this prestigious programme is tremendous. EIFF is a key event in Scotland’s cultural calendar, delivering inspirational, world-class cinema experiences to audiences and providing an excellent platform for emerging and established filmmakers to build their national and international profile. We look forward to an engaging and exciting EIFF 2015.”

Edinburgh International Film Festival runs l from 17-28 June.


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. 


Robert Carlyle’s The Legend of Barney Thomson to open the Edinburgh International Film Festival


Edinburgh International Film Festival have announced that the opening gala for this year will be the world premiere of The Legend of Barney Thomson. The film directed by Honourary Patron Robert Carlyle will receive its world premiere on Wednesday 17 June 2015 at Festival Theatre Edinburgh with stars and filmmakers in attendance.

The Legend of Barney Thomson is a darkly-humourous, Glasgow-set thriller that tells the story of awkward barber Barney, who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder. Complicating matters, Barney’s mother has a secret of her own, setting off a bloody chain of events. While Barney tries to cover their tracks, local police inspector Holdall fights his own battles within his inept homicide department as he tries to solve the crime of the century. A black comedy of errors unfolds as the police try to capture the murderer at large.

The film stars director Carlyle as Barney Thomson, alongside a remarkably transformed Emma Thompson as his mother, Cemolina, and Ray Winstone as Inspector Holdall. The film’s extraordinary cast also includes Tom Courtenay, Ashley Jensen, Martin Compston, Brian Pettifer, Kevin Guthrie, James Cosmo, Stephen McCole and Samuel Robertson. The film’s screenplay is by Colin McLaren and Richard Cowan.

Carlyle said: “After a career-long association with EIFF, it gives me enormous pleasure to have The Legend of Barney Thomson chosen as Opening Night Film. It really is such an honour for me to have my first feature as director premiered here in Edinburgh at the Festival that has played such a huge part in my life.”

Mark Adams, the new Artistic Director of EIFF said: “We are thrilled to be opening this year’s Festival with Robert Carlyle’s wonderful black comedy. It is a marvellously macabre and playful film, impressively directed and with a terrific cast. It is the perfect film to kick off what promises to be an exciting festival.”

The Legend of Barney Thomson will be released in cinemas later this Summer.




Edinburgh International Film Festival  launches Crowdfunding Campaign


Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced that DISTRIBUTION REWIRED, a new initiative will support filmmakers in
reaching new and wider audiences, through the creation of a marketplace dedicated to
emerging and innovative film distribution models, is launching a campaign on Indiegogo.
is now inviting both its loyal supporters and contributors along with film fans everywhere to
be a part of this exciting new adventure. In order to make this event a reality, EIFF is aiming
to raise £15,000 of funding to go towards the creation of the first event and hopefully towards
the continuation of this event into the future.

to educate, support, and connect filmmakers with distributors, allowing filmmakers to learn
more about the diverse distribution models, and providing a more coherent overview of a
market which still lacks visibility and transparency.

The campaign will run for 45 days and the money raised will help towards the costs of
securing venues, covering travel and accommodation for invited guests and filmmakers, and
helping to build the profile of this activity to assist the event’s development in years to come.
EIFF will be contributing £10,000 of in-kind costs towards the overall activity.

Perks offered within the campaign include unique experiences at the Festival and exclusive
EIFF materials. Supporters could be treated as a filmmaker guest with our Opening Night VIP
experience or be invited to the annual festival Ceilidh and have a dance dedicated to them by
the band.   
They can bag themselves an EIFF branded bag or t-shirt which are usually only
available to festival delegates or guests. Also available will be one place for a filmmaker who
would like to take part with a feature project in this unique market.

Distribution Rewired will take place on 22/23 June 2015 within the overall programme offered
to industry delegates and filmmakers. The sessions will be dedicated to developing
communication and collaboration between filmmakers, audio-visual content creators and
new/emerging distribution methods. This space will provide attendees with direct access to
key representatives from a variety of companies informing them on diverse distribution
methods including self-distribution, direct distribution and mixed models which combine
conventional sales and distribution with direct distribution. The focal point of the event will 
be the physical marketplace where selected filmmakers can present their films to platforms,
aggregators and other related service providers with the aim of creating new and additional
avenues to screen and promote their films around the world. There will be an open call for
projects in the coming weeks.

The aim is to open up the conversation about how
films can reach their audiences in an evolving and ever shifting marketplace by exploiting
new methods and opportunities.

Mark Adams, the new EIFF Artistic Director said: “EIFF is dedicated to addressing the most
current and relevant events for attending filmmakers and industry professionals each year.
The world of distribution has changed massively in recent years and Distribution Rewired will
create a space that represents the importance of these changes whilst supporting filmmakers
in utilising the new models on offer”.

Miranda Fleming, Head of Film UK at Indiegogo said “Edinburgh has always been held with
much regard and fondness by Independent Filmmakers and Indiegogo is delighted that
Edinburgh International Film Festival has chosen Indiegogo to crowdfund urgent funds needed
to hold their new Distribution Rewired event at this year’s festival. It’s a crucial time for
filmmakers to attend an event like this and to learn about all the new opportunities in the
changing landscape of digital and online distribution. It’s time for film fans and Edinburgh
International Film Festival fans, under the new leadership of Mark Adams, to step up and
support this gem of a festival.

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place from 17-28 June 2015.
Delegate registration for this year’s industry programme will open on Wednesday 08 April.
Full details can be found at

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