2 items from 2011
• As featured in our Edinburgh city guide
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
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.
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 »
2 items from 2011
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