Our news round-up is a collection of the week’s news items which have some relevance to the world of Scottish cinemas, film or TV. If we get emailed something that doesn’t fit anywhere else, we’ll publish it here.
Montrose-based filmmaker, Anthony Baxter, will see his 90-minute documentary, You’ve Been Trumped, premiere at the Canadian International Documentary Festival in May. Baxter’s film questions the Scottish Government’s decision to grant Donald Trump permission to build a golf resort near Aberdeen. [Montrose Review]
The Scotsman notes that Edinburgh’s former Odeon cinema, currently the subject of a campaign which hopes to resurrect it as an arts venue, could become a JD Wetherspoon’s pub after the company showed an interest in purchasing the derelict building.
Nokia has launched a new film competition, Nokia Shorts 2011, which asks filmmakers to create a short film on the Nokia N8 smartphone. The prize includes a prize of 10,000 USD and a screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Adam Smith College in Fife, which provided training to actors such as Ewan McGregor, Dougray Scott and Shirley Henderson, has told students that theatre and performing arts could be discontinued, reports The Courier. A petition has been started to save the threatened department.
Pixar has released concept art from its 13th feature length film, Brave, reports Entertainment Weekly. The film, set in a Scotland ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), is due to be released in June 2012.
A new Mull-set thriller, Blooded, which purports to tell the true story behind the kidnapping of five animal hunters by animal rights activists, has incurred the wrath of the Animal Liberation Front, notes The Scotsman. Blooded was filmed over 16 days on Mull.