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3 items from 2011

10 of the best films set in Edinburgh

13 October 2011 8:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Edinburgh on film isn't just Trainspotting it's classics: Chariots of Fire, romance: One Day and thrills: Burke and Hare. Here are 10, picked by Andrew Pulver, film editor of the Guardian

• As featured in our Edinburgh city guide

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Ronald Neame, 1969

Muriel Spark's celebrated 1961 novella was, until Trainspotting, Edinburgh's most readily identifiable contribution to modern literature. Inspired largely by Spark's own time at [James] Gillespie's school, this elaborate, empathetic satire on a fascism-admiring teacher would not have been expected to be a major candidate for Oscar attention, but Maggie Smith won the best actress award in 1969, after Ronald "Poseidon Adventure" Neame directed the film version. Sixties Edinburgh has no problem standing in for 30s Edinburgh: the Marcia Blaine school is sited in the Edinburgh Academy building in Henderson Row, while it's possible to stand in the exact same spot as Maggie Smith on the Grassmarket and bellow: "Observe, »

- Andrew Pulver

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19th Raindance Film Festival winners announced

12 October 2011 12:31 AM, PDT | BusinessofCinema | See recent BusinessofCinema news »

British Indie Stranger Things (Best UK Feature), Croatian/Serbian/Slovenian co-production Just Between Us (Best International Feature), Bulgaria’s Tilt (Best Debut Feature) and Italian short Reset (Film of the Festival) were among the winners at this year’s Raindance Film Festival Awards. The jury which included Dexter Fletcher, Gillies Mackinnon, and Alex Zane selected winners in the eight awards categories. “There were some outstanding films across the whole line-up so selecting winners was especially difficult this year,” »

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Susan Jacobson On Tense Psych Horror "The Holding": A Slow Burning Thriller

2 October 2011 3:03 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

It’s hardly surprising that Susan Jacobson’s thriller The Holding is her [feature] directorial debut. Susan is an individual who is fascinated by human nature and the extremes of the individual, so this meditation on secrets and violence – from a script by James Dormer – gives her plenty of room to display her exceptional skills as a genre filmmaker.

The tense psychological thriller has Jacobson described by eyeforfilm as ‘definitely a new British talent to watch’ and stars Kierston Wareing and Vincent Regan with Lionsgate distributing.

She is a Guiding Lights Alumni and was mentored by Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinkey, Regeneration). Her work has been described as ‘Elegant’ (Time Out), and ‘Hearteningly diverse in style and subject’ (The Independent). Her films have been selected by Women in Film and Television International for their worldwide showcase.

She has won critical acclaim worldwide. Most notably, her short film One Hundredth Of A Second »

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