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There's an astounding collection of talent on display in the remainder of the EIFF's Reel Life interviews. We take a look at the iconic British actor, the Scottish producer and the pair of directing l...

There's an astounding collection of talent on display in the remainder of the EIFF's Reel Life interviews. We take a look at the iconic British actor, the Scottish producer and the pair of directing legends who appear in Reel Life this week. We also have three pairs of tickets for Reel Life: John Hurt to be won.

The Reel Life line-up of EIFF 2006 is the biggest and best yet. Having already played host to Kevin Smith, Steven Soderbergh, Charlize Theron and Sigourney Weaver, Artistic Director Shane Danielsen will share a stage with yet more film greats.
 

Reel Life: Iain Smith, 21 August at Cineworld

Smith is one of the most successful producers to come from these shores. Born and raised in Glasgow, he worked in various capacities on great British films of the 1980s, Chariots of Fire and Local Hero. He has since held production roles on award-winning films such as The Fifth Element and Cold Mountain. Smith was most recently the producer of Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming epic The Fountain, which was nominated for a Golden Lion at Venice. Come along and hear this fascinating insight into the machinations of Hollywood.

Reel Life: John Hurt, 22 August at Filmhouse

The EIFF has the honour of welcoming critically acclaimed actor John Hurt as the Chairman of this year’s Michael Powell Jury. From his breakthrough television role portraying Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, to his unforgettable turn as a drunken bounty hunter in 2006’s The Proposal, Hurt has consistently delivered performances with a rarely seen conviction. Renowned for his dry humour and wit, this is a rare chance to hear him discuss a distinguished body of work.

Reel Life: Brian DePalma, 23 August at Cineworld

In a career spanning four decades he has directed the magnificent gangster epic Scarface, drawn career-defining performances from actors in films like The Untouchables and had enormous commercial success with movies such as Mission: Impossible. One of the few enduringly successful graduates of New American Cinema, the director is a technician who tells stories with style and flair. The excitement surrounding his upcoming adaptation of James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia is a telling indication of his relevance and stature in Hollywood. Simply unmissable.

Reel Life: Arthur Penn, 24 August at Filmhouse

Penn is a director who epitomises the spirit of EIFF’s They Might Be Giants retrospective, a maverick filmmaker in every sense. Penn helped pave the way for Scorsese, Coppola at al, with the stylistic and cultural approach of his groundbreaking Bonnie and Clyde. He later helmed one of the key films of the 1970s, Night Moves, which is screening immediately before the event. Watch the movie and hear the legend in an evening to remember at the EIFF.

Win tickets for Reel Life: John Hurt!

We have three sets of tickets for Reel Life: John Hurt to be won. Simply answer the following question:

In which film did Hurt portray the character John Merrick?

Email your answer and a contact phone number to win@edfilmfest.org.uk by 11.00 PM, Tuesday 22 August. Winners will be contacted by telephone at around noon on 22 August.

 

 

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