Film on the Fringe
Missing EIFF? Here’s our pick of film-related events on at Edinburgh’s festivals this August.
The all-new CineFringe Film Festival is dedicated to open-minded Fringe lovers who are on the lookout for something a little bit different. With the aim of being accessible and inclusive the programme comprises of open-entry shorts to showcase under the radar talent.
Meanwhile, the critically-acclaimed Fringe Film Festival will be returning for its sixth season with more shorts from contemporary filmmakers. Open all day everyday the programme contains features from the across the globe as well as the UK making for a truly international experience.
Scottish film star Alan Cumming will be sharing personal anecdotes alongside show tunes in his cabaret, I Bought A Blue Car Today. Jennifer Coolidge, better known as Stifler’s mum in American Pie, has her own stand up show, Yours For The Night.
Musical comedy, 2010: A Space Oddity is a zany homage to every space movie under the sun, from Aliens to Sunshine. Or relive misspent youth with The 80s Movie Flashback from Top Gun to Dirty Dancing, you can also see it in drag.
Reel-to-real: The Movies Musical promises to turn the silver screen into an all-singing, all-dancing affair. Combining clips from Warner and MGM musicals such as Casablanca and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with live performances of Broadway favourites, there’s no excuse to be left out Singin’ in the Rain.
Chilean theatre company Teatro Cinema will also visit the Edinburgh International Festival with their fascinating live action and film projection techniques. Their shows Sin Sangre (Without Blood) and The Man Who Fed Butterflies, a 1960s-style B-movie thriller and a tribesman’s last rites respectively, fuse artforms for a unique onstage experience.
As for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Hanif Kureishi , writer of My Beautiful Laundrette (which, incidentally, was directed by Stephen Frears who formed part of EIFF’s After the Wave retrospective) will be presenting a collection of his shorter writings including his controversial story about an Iraqi filmmaker.
Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, and the screenwriter of Gladiator, William Nicholson will also be in attendance with their new books. For cult film fans, author of Inside the Wickerman, Allan Brown, will be joined by two actors who appeared in the film to discuss the sequel, The Wicker Tree.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.