Opening Night: Hyena

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Opening Night is almost upon us. Welcome to our 12-day celebration of film!

Good morning, Festival-goers!

With only 24 hours to go, the 68th edition of the world's longest-running film festival is almost here. Welcome to Edinburgh International Film Festival!

We hope you have your brochure in hand and tickets at the ready for tonight's Opening Night Gala at the Festival Theatre: the World Premiere of groundbreaking new British crime drama Hyena. The film combines stylish cinematography, a killer soundtrack and fantastic performances.

Directed by Gerard Johnson and starring Peter Ferdinando and Stephen Graham, this stylish crime thriller follows corrupt cop Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando), who leads a special task force targeting London’s most unsavory drug traffickers.

Why should you see it? There's no better person to ask than our Artistic Director, Chris Fujiwara. He says:

"Hyena is a powerful and beautifully directed thriller that clearly establishes director Gerard Johnson as a major talent in British filmmaking.

"It’s also an exceptional example of the kind of film that our festival has traditionally supported: a work in which a director of artistic integrity takes a vigorous and imaginative approach to the renewal of a film genre.” 

Tomorrow night's Opening Gala event will bring guests from the film and across Scottish culture to the Red Carpet. Look out for guests from the film including the director, Gerard Johnson, producers Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen and Jo Laurie, and cast members Elisa Lasowski, Gordon Brown, Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Gjevat Kelmendi, Neil Maskell, and Orli Shuka.

Many more guests will be in attendance, including Cabinet Secretary for Culture & External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP, luminary Scottish director Bill Forsyth, Still Game's Greg Hemphill and Gavin Mitchell, actress America Ferrera, actor-director Noel Clarke, and Scottish screenwriter Paul Laverty.

If you're still looking for a ticket, you're in luck! Purchase your tickets online here, by phone, and in person at Filmhouse Box Office.

Can't make it tomorrow night? Take a look at our programme and see what takes your fancy!

We look forward to welcoming you!

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