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The Reel Life programme brings some of the most interesting and talented people in the film industry to Edinburgh for live, in-depth interviews. This year's line-up of guests is- no word of a lie- a t...

The Reel Life programme brings some of the most interesting and talented people in the film industry to Edinburgh for live, in-depth interviews. This year's line-up of guests is- no word of a lie- a truly all-star list!

Here’s a quick look at the people who will be taking the Reel Life stage this year, revealing before your very eyes the fascinating, (and possibly gritty) details of the world of film.

Cinematographer John Mathieson’s film credits include both art-house films such as Marc Evan’s Trauma, and blockbusters like Gladiator. For Reel Life he steps out from behind the camera to talk about his years of experience, and his newest project, Stoned.

Meet Ken Adam, a man whose name you might not know, but whose work as a production designer you’ve seen in over 75(!) films- most notably every classic Bond film from Dr. No to Moonraker.

Fans of British cinema won’t be excused for missing the Reel Life conversation with Oscar-winning writer-director-producer Anthony Minghella- a man whose talents, and films (The English Patient, Cold Mountain) have garnered praise both at home and abroad.

Director of EIFF’s Opening Night film Wah-Wah, the charismatic and multi-talented Richard E. Grant takes the stage to illuminate the finer points of acting, directing and anything in between…

Albert Maysles, along with his late brother David, created ‘direct cinema,’ a style of documentary based on the notion that it is “ a noble thing to record reality without controlling it.” Now 78, Maysles is still making films, and will offer his opinions on the documentary, a style of filmmaking of which he is a true master.

It is said that films are made in the cutting room, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who has worked with Martin Scorsese on no less than 16 feature films, will be here to shed some light on the mysterious, yet vital, relationship between directors and editors.

James Toback has spent his career playing the Hollywood game, while still managing to retain his staunch independence. For Reel Life, he talks about his varied career, from his 1978 directorial debut Fingers, to his most recent work, When Will I Be Loved, (both screening at EIFF.)

It’s hard to overestimate Paul Schrader’s influence on US cinema. His screenplay credits include Taxi Driver and Raging Bull; his directorial forays- American Gigolo, Blue Collar, and Hardcore, to name a few- are no less impressive. An eloquent film theorist and critic, Schrader is a must-see for anyone with a passion for film.

Reel Life offers you a chance to see and hear the people who create the films you love. And because this is real life, there won’t be any repeat performances. Miss these events at your peril!

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