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Star Guest of the Fest Kim Cattrall visited EIFF this week to chat about her latest indie feature Meet Monica Velour

Meet Monica Velour is all-change for Sex and the City girl Kim Cattrall. Transforming herself into ex-1970s porn star Monica Velour's self-ego Linda Romanoli saw her gain 20lbs and peel back the layers of a lady of the late-night movies who is past her best. "You really have to be on your toes in independent films. It was an amazing opportunity to do a transformation that I've never had a chance to do before."

Pursued by Tobe, a compulsive high-school graduate with a penchant for 1970s porn and its biggest star, Monica Velour, the film explores the relationship between teen and ex-star when they are thrown together outside an Indiana strip club.

"I started to create this character with Keith [Bearden, director] from the bottom up. The way she speaks, the way she looks, the way she talks, her body language, what her life has been like before - really creating a life other than what was in the script. She smokes, she does drugs, she's had this kind of life, she's burned out. Everything about that so informed what we were going for in terms of this woman's given circumstances."

Despite some tough subject matter, the film is imbued with a real feeling of heart. "The humanity of the story was not that she was a porn star or a stripper or any of that - it was that she was a mother fighting for the custody of her daughter. She's got great humour, a dignity and strength."

Meet Monica Velour has one final screening today at EIFF as part of Maybe You Missed.

Tickets are £6/£5 concessions and can be purchased online, by phone on 0131 228 2688 or at the Filmhouse box office.

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