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British films head up EIFF programme launch

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With only one week until the official launch, EIFF is pleased to reveal a taster of the 2011 programme.

Continuing our support of British filmmaking talent, this year we will showcase of some of the best new British films.


Bringing together fresh work from known British directors and first-time filmmakers, EIFF will host the world premiere of political thriller Page Eight from twice Oscar-nominated David Hare, starring British talent Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, and Judy Davis. 


David Hare said, “Page Eight is my first film as director for twenty years, and also, I think, the first British film on how intelligence operations have had to adapt to the new century. So I couldn’t be happier than for its world premiere to be at Britain’s most interesting and influential film festival.” 


Scottish director David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe) will also be bringing the UK premiere of his new sci-fi thriller Perfect Sense - which stars Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner - to the Festival. 


EIFF will also support rising Scottish filmmakers, with the inclusion of two films from first-time directors. Fast Romance, the debut feature from Scottish director Carter Ferguson, is a Glasgow-set romantic comedy depicting seven very different singletons searching for love. And Charlie Casanova is a darkly funny crime thriller from first-time writer and director Terry McMahon. 


The full list of British films included in this year’s programme will be announced at launch, however additional titles revealed at this stage include:  


Albatross - A coming of age drama directed by Niall MacCormick and starring Jessica Brown-Findlay (Downton Abbey), Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others, Black Book), Julia Ormond and Felicity Jones (Northanger Abbey, The Tempest, Page Eight).  


Angel’s Crest - A British-Canadian small town drama directed by British-born Gaby Dellal (On a Clear Day), based on a book by American writer Leslie Schwartz, and starring Jeremy Piven (Entourage),  Elizabeth McGovern (Kick-Ass, Downton Abbey), Mira Sorvino and Kate Walsh.  


The Caller - A thriller from Matthew Parkhill (Dot the I), starring Stephen Moyer (True Blood) and Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight).  


Stormhouse - The second feature from Dan Turner, a high concept thriller depicting the military capture of a supernatural entity in a secret underground base. International premiere.  


Weekender - Directed by Karl Golden (Pelican Blood), a comedy drama depicts the 1990s Ibiza scene and stars Jack O’Connell (This is England, Skins), Emily Barclay, and Dean Andrews.  


This slate of British films confirms the EIFF’s ongoing commitment to providing a platform for British talent as part of the 10-day festival in June. EIFF Director James Mullighan said: ‘The Edinburgh International Film Festival has long been regarded as the ideal launch pad for important new British cinema and the place at which UK emerging talent is nurtured. The films announced today confirm that those twin traditions continue into 2011. Of the nearly 3000 films submitted to EIFF, 58 were British feature fiction films and we’re delighted to be in a position to showcase some of them to Edinburgh audiences in June.’

The full programme will be launched on Tuesday 17 May.

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  • Robin Pendrigh Monday 9th May, 2011 / 18:55 GMT

    Some interesting sounding stuff there, when are tickets on sale?
  • Nicola Balkind Tuesday 10th May, 2011 / 19:42 GMT

    Thanks Robin. Tickets go on sale on 20th May, with a presale for Filmhouse members on 18-19th May.
  • Robin Pendrigh Tuesday 10th May, 2011 / 19:55 GMT

    Ahh thanks. I'll be booking the day off for the good old Filmhouse queue.
  • Nicola Balkind Thursday 12th May, 2011 / 10:55 GMT

    Excellent, we will see you then!
  • Shugg McGlummfer Wednesday 18th May, 2011 / 10:32 GMT

    Perfect Sense is not available for booking, so has it been withdrawn?
  • Peter Sloan Wednesday 18th May, 2011 / 10:39 GMT

    Same for The Guard and The Divide. Will try to book by phone.
  • Peter Sloan Wednesday 18th May, 2011 / 10:50 GMT

    Glitch with the website (which is being sorted) for certain films. Got all three films booked by phone.

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