A ˜feast of films’ for Dumfries and Galloway is prepared as the fourth annual Film Festival kicks off 30 April with a special drive-in screening of Grease.
This year the Festival is spreading its wings and screening a selection of prize-winning films over 10 days in over 10 venues across the whole region.
The Festival stretches from Langholm in the East all the way to Stranraer in the West, a distance of over 100 miles, taking in Eskdalemuir, Moffat, Annan, Dumfries, Dalbeattie, New Galloway, Newton Stewart and the Isle of Whithorn en route.
2010 is the Year of Food & Drink and the festival have a food theme running through the festival line-up, including lots of opportunity for sampling tasty morsels.
Catherine Braid of the Green Tea House in Moniaive will be conjuring up some great dishes from the film ˜Julie & Julia’ in a cookery demonstration at the CatStrand, New Galloway.
The Buccleuch Centre in Langholm is launching their ice cream line during the Festival where there will be free samples of ice cream on offer, while the Oscar-nominated documentary Food INC. about America’s corporate-controlled food industry will be followed with a talk by David Finlay, farmer and director of Cream o’ Galloway.
It’s a packed and diverse programme filled with big name stars in must-see films, including Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, rollerskating romp Whip It, Mark Millar’s comic book adaptation Kick-Ass, Akira Kurosawa classic Ran and last years Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker to name but a few.
There is also a selection of talks, workshops, shadow cinema, food tie-ins and a film quiz. Look out for our very own editor, Jonathan Melville as he takes a DIY Reviewer workshop.
Special guests include; Mary Contini, the Scottish-Italian food writer and driving force behind Edinburgh’s legendary delicatessen Valvona and Crolla, actor Robert Buchanan, most famous for roles in Bill Forsyth films, That Sinking Feeling, Gregory’s Girl and Comfort and Joy along with, author Rupert Isaacson, Berlin-based filmmaker Cynthia Beatt and Andrew Dixon, the Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, the new organisation tasked with leading the development of the arts, creative and screen industries across Scotland.
For the full programme check out the official Dumfries and Galloway Film Festival website.