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Stars Arrive for EIFF 2006

There will be more stars on the ground than in the sky tonight as the 60th Edinburgh International Film Festival gets underway with the World Premiere of The Flying Scotsman. We give you a rundown of ...

There will be more stars on the ground than in the sky tonight as the 60th Edinburgh International Film Festival gets underway with the World Premiere of The Flying Scotsman. We give you a rundown of the startling array of talent that will be in town over the next few days.

This evening’s Gala premiere of The Flying Scotsman will see a host of celebrities walking along the red carpet. Joining the man whose life the movie is based on, Graeme Obree, will be Scottish acting legend Brian Cox, Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd and Edinburgh-born actor Niall Fulton. Director Douglas MacKinnon and producer Peter Gallagher will also be along for the much anticipated event.

Lauded drama Snow Cake gets its UK premiere on day two of the EIFF and director Marc Evans will be accompanied by the incomparable Alan Rickman and Reel Life interviewee Sigourney Weaver.

That same day sees the start of the They Might Be Giants retrospective with the excellent comedy of manners Loving, which will be introduced by world-renowned film critic and Variety scribe Eddie Cockrell. Cockrell will introduce many of the other features in this unique retrospective.

Wednesday and Thursday of week one sees a stunning British double-header, which share a writing talent in Tony Grisoni and will have the co-directors of each film in residence. Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton come with lead actors Harry and Luke Treadaway for the genre-spanning Brothers of the Head, while internationally renowned photographer Rankin and co-director Chris Cottam arrive for the UK Premiere of Lives of the Saints.

A whole slew of documentary filmmakers visit the festival including co-directors of East of Havana Jauretsi Saizabitoria and Emilia Menocal. Oh, there’s also the small matter of them bringing along friend, producer and Reel Life interviewee, Charlize Theron. And we’ve only just made it to Thursday!

With over 400 industry guests, EIFF 2006 has more talent on show than ever before.

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