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BOTF: Edie

Part of the Best of the Fest Strand

Simon Hunter

  • 12A

  • 102 mins

  • 2017

  • UK

  • English

Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan

  • Director of Photography: August Jakobsson

  • Editor: Olly Stothert

  • Produced by: Mark Stothert

  • Music: Debbie Wiseman

  • Screenplay by: Elizabeth O’Halloran

  • Production Designer: Chris Richmond

  • Sound Production: Sebastian Morsch

Director Bio

Simon Hunter

Director Bio

After graduating from Film school Simon went on to write and direct a handful of short films – one of which, Wired immediately prompted British Screen to invest in his feature length project Lighthouse. It went on to win prizes at many acclaimed European film festivals. It was after a long period working on the science fiction movie The Mutant Chronicles, that Simon began developing his passion project Edie.


Sheila Hancock is at her sublime best as Edie, an elderly woman who, in the aftermath of the death of her controlling husband, decides to fulfil a long-held dream of climbing a Scottish mountain. Against her daughter’s wishes, she heads to Scotland and employs Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) to help her get the right equipment and train her for the gruelling climb. As the pair talk, bicker and have fun, they reveal more about their lives to each other, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

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