Weekly news round-up, 6-12 March 2011

Jonathan Melville 13 March, 2011 0

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¦

Irish Central features an article on Jig, a new documentary funded by BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland telling the story of the fortieth Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow.

The makers of Hollywood epic, The Eagle, are to say to thank you to Highland extras involved in the film’s shooting with a special screening in local mobile cinema, The Screen Machine, notes the BBC.

Recruitment is now open for the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Film professionals are required for a new Edinburgh-based initiative announced on Mandy.com. According to the advert, a collection of media professionals and student film makers are “coming together to create a series of films about Edinburgh, as a love letter to our city’.

EdinburghGuide.com has a feature on a new Edinburgh short film, The Space Between. The film was shot over just 17 days in and around Edinburgh, featuring locations such as Calton Hill, the Meadows and Cramond Island.

Kate Simon in The Independent discusses the benefit to the tourism industry that can come from hit movies being shot in your country. Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code are just two examples of films made (partly) in Scotland.

Scottish Star Trek fan and filmmaker, Nick Cook, has been interviewed by Trekkie Central for their latest issue, with the text reprinted by TrekWeb. Mr Cook shoots his short films in Tayside, with his kitchen and front room representing a flight deck and a captain’s chair bought from MFI. Cook’s latest film, One of Our Own, can be seen above.

Finally, perhaps the most important news of the week as reported by Just Jared: Ewan McGregor has been spotted with a new haircut as he prepares to shoot new film Electric Slide.