Jennie Macfie reports from the seventh Cromarty Film Festival.
Jennie Macfie looks at the events and films at Cromarty Film Festival 2012.
Opening with a flashback to the attack on King Fergus (Billy Connolly) by the demon bear Mordu before fast-forwarding to present-day (well, 10th century) Scotland to witness the King being teased by his daughter, Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald), the deft mix of drama and comedy in Disney Pixar’s latest animation, Brave, is evident from the outset.
This year may have seen a recognition of how good silent filmmaking can be thanks to the release of The Artist, but in the small Scottish town of Bo’ness they’ve been in on the secret for 100 years.
The weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September saw the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBCSSO) perform two very special film-related concerts at Glasgow’s City Halls, both of which celebrated the work of composer Bernard Herrmann.
The significance in the title of Niall MacCormickâ€™s coming of age comedy, Albatross, is not immediately clear. However, within this beautifully written and warm film lies some touching insights into growing up, friendship and the burdens that many people carry, sometimes unaware of the â€˜albatross around their neckâ€™.