Six of The Fest: Music Fusion
This year's EIFF sees plenty of films stepping up to the mic and whipping out the wah-wah. We highlight the hippest half-dozen at the fest.
A cult music festival for fans of non-corporate, alternative artists, All Tomorrow's Parties melds footage from fans and musicians alike to create a kaleidoscopic, music infused collage. Be one of the lucky few to catch the film when it premieres at the Picture House with live, special guest performances that create the ultimate music-meets-cinema experience.
Although it's the one million lesser flamingos that take centre stage in this Disney nature documentary, they're up against some stiff competition from the Cinematic Orchestra's scorching bespoke soundtrack. With sweeping orchestral movements blending seamlessly with more experimental sounds The Crimson Wing is to be savoured as much for its subject as it is for its score.
Step aside Spinal Tap there's a new faux-rockumentary in town as director Shane Meadows follows the tongue-in-cheek antics of band roadie Le Donk (Paddy Considine) and his quest to get real-life Nottingham rapper Scorayzee into the charts. Costing just £30,000 to make, Le Donk pays homage to the charm of low budget film making with the Arctic Monkeys also making a cheeky appearance.
Originally a Childline project that featured on mobiles, TV and online, Dubplate Drama follows four urban youths on the cusp of making it big in the music industry before lobbing a life changing dilemma straight into their paths. With two alternative endings audiences have the chance to interact and play fate, changing these four individuals' lives forever.
A visual and aural pick'n'mix that digs some of Scotland's better known and lesser known screen gems out of the archive to the tune of three emerging Edinburgh bands. In association with The Skinny, audiences are guaranteed an unforgettable night of first class music and cinema with a home-grown flavour.
Fusing music and visuals in a purpose-built environment that pushes the boundaries in multi-sensory cinema, My Secret Heart is not to be missed. As poignant as it is absorbing, the installation is the brainchild of homeless charity Streetwise Opera in collaboration with film-makers Flat-e and electronic tunesmith Mira Calix.
This Is Edinburgh, in partnership with EIFF, invites locals of all ages to free outdoor cinema screenings in the Grassmarket and St Andrew Square.