From EIFF previews to good news for Outlander fans, a look at news from the world of Scottish film and TV.
Scottish films set for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018
The 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is just a month away, and this week saw more details released of what filmgoers can expect to see on various big screens around the city.
Kelly Macdonald will star in opening night film, Puzzle, while bittersweet comedy Swimming with Men will close the festival, while a raft of Scottish films will be screened including zombie musical, Anna and the Apocalypse, debut feature director Matt Palmer’s thriller, Calibre, and Edinburgh-based director Mark Cousins’ The Eyes of Orson Welles.
Bill Forsyth will also be in attendance for a 35th anniversary screening of Local Hero. More details can be found on the EIFF website.
Director Paul Wright returns with Arcadia
BAFTA award-winning Scottish director Paul Wright’s (For Those In Peril) archival film, Arcadia, arrives in cinemas in June. Described as “a sensory, visceral journey through the contrasting seasons, exploring the beauty and brutality, magic and madness of our changing relationship with the land and each other, Folk Radio explains that the film uses over 100 archive film clips from the last 100 years and features a new score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp). Read more over on the BFI website.
Southside Film Festival programme announced
Running from 1-3 June 2018, Glasgow’s Southside Film Festival is back for it’s seventh year. From 80s hip hop favourite, Wild Style, which will be preceded by a live graffiti performance and followed with a DJ set of old-school hip hop classics, to an autism friendly screening of Paddington 2, there’s plenty on offer for the whole family.
New Dundee cinema faces opposition
Plans for a new nine-screen, 900-seat, cinema in Dundee have been met with objections from Dundee Civic Trust. The Courier notes that the Trust insists there’s no demand for another cinema in the city and that it would have a “deleterious” effect on Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). Jack Searle, from Dundee Civic Trust, said: “If the development went ahead there would be some 30 screens in Dundee, a ratio of 4,933 people per screen which is unlikely to be viable in the city.”
Outlander renewed for seasons 5 and 6
Season 4 hasn’t aired yet, but time travel drama Outlander has already been renewed for two more seasons by Starz, reports Deadline. “Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries and adventures in seasons five and six as we delve into American history and continue the story of the Frasers as they settle in the New World,” said Starz Chris Albrecht.
Keepers gets North American distribution
First mentioned on this site back in 2016, the Scottish-set thriller, Keepers, starring Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan, has secured distribution in North America from Saban Films reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“Gerard brings a charm and tact to the grittiness of this action-packed film,” Saban Films CEO Bill Bromiley said. “Keepers is full of tension, allure and suspense. We absolutely love it.”
Butler, Mullan and Connor Swindells star as a trio of lighthouse keepers pitted against each other on a remote Scottish island. As Thomas (Mullan), James (Butler) and Donald (Alwyn) settle into their usual, solitary routines, something unexpected and potentially life-changing occurs – they stumble upon something that isn’t theirs to keep.
Keepers was shot on on location in Dumfries and Galloway and a teaser poster from 2017 can be found online.
Dumfries Odeon to close down
Just three years after it received a refurbishment, Dumfries’ Odeon cinema is to close next month. The Daily Record reports that the Shakespeare Street cinema will shut, with the loss of around a dozen jobs. An Odeon spokesperson said: “We’re grateful for all our team members’ hard work and support looking after our guests over the years and wish them all the best for the future.”
Visit The Town that Floored the World
A new BBC Scotland documentary will shine a light on the Scottish town of Kirkaldy, at one time the world centre of linoleum. Current and former linoleum workers share their stories of a life in flooring and lino’s role in high art and design is also traced. The programme, which has been produced by TVI Films for BBC Scotland, is narrated by John Sessions. The Town That Floored the World is on BBC Two Scotland on Monday, 21 May, 9-10pm. [Scottish Field]
Skye film residency attracts top talent
Director Kevin Macdonald, producer Andrew Macdonald, and The Inbetweeners actor Joe Thomas are just some of the names taking part in The Young Films Foundation’s first Skye residency programme this month. As Screen Daily writes, the week-long residency programme will include workshops, masterclasses, one-on-one mentoring sessions and hands-on directing experience at the Skye Space Studio.
The Mad Death arrives on DVD
Vintage BBC Scotland drama The Mad Death has finally arrived on DVD, 35 years after it was first aired on BBC One. The three-part series examined the effects of an outbreak of rabies in the United Kingdom and was noted for its chilling content. Wikipedia notes that the series was filmed around Scotland, including inside East Kilbride Shopping Centre.
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