Whether you are first time visitor looking for Scottish flavoured film or a permanent fixture looking for new, or old, insight into the culture, here’s the pick of EIFF’s home grown talent.
Scottish drama is not all drugs and murder. Former Taggart fight director, Carter Ferguson, proves Glasgow the ideal setting for a cosmopolitan comedy with Fast Romance - where speed dating culminates in hilarious, if disastrous, consequences. However, Renton’s alter ego will be appearing both in person and on celluloid. For the first time since Young Adam (EIFF 2003), David MacKenzie and Ewan McGregor are reunited in Perfect Sense, an apocalyptic romance also set in Scotland’s metropolis accompanied by familiar faces Ewen Bremner and Alastair Mackenzie. Although set in Puerto Rico, supernatural thriller starring Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), The Caller, was penned by local screenwriter Sergio Casci. For a glimpse of the future of the Scottish screen, check out Scottish Shorts.
Margaret Tait’s Edinburgh Shorts are a fascinating record of the city’s social history. The filmmaker and poet maintained a studio on Rose Street until the early 1970s, documenting significant figures such as Hugh McDiarmid. Newly discovered material featuring the ill-fated ‘Muse of Rose Street,’ Stella Cartwright, ensure this is not a sepia-tinted trip down memory lane. Those wishing to delve deeper are invited to A Kind of Seeing: Memories and Myths to unearth the hidden gems of the Scottish Screen Archive, ably led by curator Shona Thomson. Edinburgh College of Art is also home to the Scottish Documentary Institute, this year the fruits of their production scheme, Bridging the Gap, centre around the provocative theme of SHIFT.
As a hotbed of independent music, no Scottish festival would be complete without some local talent. Spend An Evening with Chemikal Underground, responsible for launching the likes of Mogwai and Arab Strap, in the company of The Unwinding Hours and special guests. Up-and-coming Kinetica will showcase Edinburgh’s thriving visual and musical scene in the stimulating surroundings of Inspace. Not to mention honorary Scot and Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody’s scoring of My Brothers.
Classics such as The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Adventures of Gerard, Jerzy Skolimowski’s adaptation of the uproarious Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are also on show. Or spy a fledgling Tilda Swinton in The Last of England.
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