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Edinburgh Film Festival announces Scotland celebration for 2018 edition

Edinburgh Film Festival announces Scotland celebration for 2018 edition
The programme will showcase features filmed and set the country, including ‘Calibre’ with Jack Lowden.

Edinburgh Film Festival (Eiff) has announced a celebration of Scotland for its 72nd edition.

The festival will showcase talent and locations from the country via a selection of features, shorts, documentaries, animations and events.

Included amongst these will be comedy horror-musical Anna And The Apocalypse, shot largely in and around Glasgow; and the world premiere of Jack Lowden-starring thriller Calibre, the debut feature from Matt Palmer, set in the Highlands and filmed at Beecraigs Country Park, which will get a worldwide release on Netflix the
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Sundance 2018: 10 Must-See Short Films, From Armie Hammer to Don Hertzfeldt

Sundance 2018: 10 Must-See Short Films, From Armie Hammer to Don Hertzfeldt
Dev Patel directs Armie Hammer in a stylish dark comedy. Don Hertzfeldt delivers a second installment of his award-winning animated saga. And Dime Davis documents artist Mark Bradford’s creativity in action. These are just a few of the treats to be found among the 69 live action, animated, and documentary shorts playing the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance programmers whittled the 69 official selections from 8,740 submissions (down 245 from the previous year). Making the cut were several shorts with recognizable talent in front of the lens: Simon Helberg and Brett Gelman suffer through an unbalanced relationship in Jessica Sander’s two-hander “End of the Line,” Lakeith Stanfield plays himself in Shaka King’s “Lazercism,” and Armie Hammer undertakes a supporting role as a television huckster in Dev Patel’s “Home Shopper.”

Read More:Sundance 2018: 21 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival, From ‘Wildlife’ to ‘Sorry to Bother You’

IndieWire previewed 47 films available
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Down in the Flood: Close-Up on "Housekeeping"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Bill Forsyth's Housekeeping (1987) is playing October 18 - November 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom. On first viewing Bill Forsyth’s film Housekeeping (1987) I was somewhat unimpressed by its low-key television-movie feel; a small town family drama lacking cinematic spectacle, featuring relatively unknown actors. It seemed thrifty, in keeping with the unfussiness of the story’s central character, Sylvie. By contrast, Marilynne Robinson’s novel, on which the film is based, describes moments of fantastical prophecy, strengthened by the author’s knowledge of Scripture, in images of dead souls recovered from a deep lake resonant of the Bible’s account of the Flood and Apocalypse. Forsyth’s better-known Local Hero (1983), a comedy set in a remote Scottish village, gives viewers a meteor shower, the Northern Lights and Burt Lancaster descending from the sky, so the director’s use of Robinson’s
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Win Another Mother’s Son on DVD

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To mark the release of Another Mother’s Son on 17th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Another Mother’s Son is the extraordinary true story of Louisa Gould. A tale of defiance, bravery and betrayal set against against the backdrop of Nazi occupation on the Channel Islands during the Second World War. When a Russian soldier escapes the labour camps, seeking shelter, Louisa (Jenny Seagrove: Local Hero, A Shocking Accident) decides to offer her help, and by doing so, risking the lives of her friends and family who are in on the secret and facing the prospect of capture and deportation to Germany. Also starring, John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Mummy), Ronan Keating and Amanda Abbingdon (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge).

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Comfort and Joy

You never heard of the Great Glasgow Ice Cream Wars? They weren’t exactly Armageddon, and the gentle director Bill Forsyth makes a radio personality’s involvement with two competing ice cream companies more of a plunge into amiable drollery. If you like Gregory’s Girl and Local Hero you’ll understand the odd, unhurried attitude of this oddball show from 1984.

Comfort and Joy

Region B Blu-ray


1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date February 29, 2016 / At Amazon UK / £ 9.99

Starring: Bill Patterson, C.P. Grogan, Eleanor David, Alex Norton, Patrick Malahide.

Cinematography: Chris Menges

Film Editor: Michael Ellis

Original Music: Mark Knopfler

Produced by Davina Belling, Clive Parsons

Written and Directed by Bill Forsyth

Quick, name some great filmmakers before the 1990s that hail from Scotland. Actually, there are plenty, it’s just that most made their careers and reputations in London, and some later in Hollywood. The home-grown talent Bill Forsyth
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Movie Review – Whisky Galore! (2016)

Whisky Galore!, 2016.

Directed by Gillies MacKinnon,

Starring Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, Ellie Kendrick, Kevin Guthrie, Fenella Woolgar and James Cosmo.


It’s 1941, rationing is in force and the residents of the Scottish island of Todday are faced with a nightmare. Their supply of whisky has run out and the island is completely dry. But then a cargo ship runs aground on some nearby rocks and it’s carrying 50,000 cases of whisky. The islanders are determined to get their hands on it. All that stands in their way is that it’s the Sabbath – and the officers from Customs and Excise.

Alexander Mackendrick’s Whisky Galore! from 1949 is regarded as a British comedy classic. Compton Mackenzie had taken the true story of a ship – with its cargo of whisky – going aground off a remote Scottish island, turned it into a popular comic novel and then wrote the script for the film.
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David Puttnam Heads Apsa All-Star Anniversary Jury

Oscar-winning producer and former studio chief David Puttnam, arguably the biggest name at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, will head the Jury of Juries for the organization’s 10th anniversary. The U.K. Parliament member has strong ties to Asia via his film work and in his role as a trade envoy for the British government.

It will also be his second stint on the Apsa’s jury — he served as president for the 2010 jury, which bestowed best feature honors on “Aftershock.” This year, the Apsa brought back a group of former jury presidents for the jury, with Puttnam in top role.

While his name is synonymous with the very British Oscar winner “Chariots of Fire” (1981), which scooped up four golden statuettes including best picture, Puttnam produced several films set in the region. These include Marcel Ophüls’ “The Memory of Justice” (1976), about war crimes in Vietnam and during World War II,
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Afm: Salt boards sci-fi 'Peripheral' starring Hannah Arterton

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Exclusive: Sales deal for Paul Hyett’s recently wrapped sci-fi produced by Bill Kenwright.

UK sales outfit The Salt Company has boarded sales on sci-fi conspiracy thriller Peripheral from director Paul Hyett (Howl).

Hannah Arterton (Burn Burn Burn) stars as a young writer who enters into a Faustian pact with her publisher. Convinced to use a new smart editing software she stumbles upon a conspiracy of social control. As her mind unravels she finds herself going head to head with an artificial intelligence that is determined to write her book for her.

Producers on the feature, which wrapped in the UK this week, are UK theatre mogul Bill Kenwright and Craig Tuohy of Bill Kenwright Productions.

Co-starring are Jenny Seagrove (Local Hero), Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine), Elliott James Langridge (Northen Soul). The writer is Dan Schaffer (Doghouse).

The Salt Company, which is handling world sales for the film, is also at the Afm with Miss You Already starring
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Giveaway – Win Comfort and Joy on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Comfort And Joy – available on DVD & Blu-ray 29th February – we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway!

Bill Forsyth’s charming and quirky urban fairy tale Comfort And Joy, the follow-up to his hit films Gregory’s Girl and Local Hero, is a comedy gem about ice cream van wars in Glasgow.

Featuring the director’s trademark eccentric, gentle humour, and described as ‘his masterpiece’ by The Spectator, Comfort And Joy is being released for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.

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January 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Guardian, The Ice Pirates

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January 19th has some really unique home entertainment releases that should make fans of cult cinema happier than Jason Voorhees on the first day of summer camp. Scream Factory is debuting William Friedkin’s The Guardian on Blu-ray this week and one of my personal favorites from my childhood, The Ice Pirates, is also getting an HD overhaul, courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection.

Vinegar Syndrome is also keeping themselves busy with a duo of cult classic releases, Nightmare Weekend and Luther the Geek, and for those of you sci-fi TV fans, season one of 12 Monkeys as well as the final season of Continuum arrive on Blu and DVD this Tuesday as well.

The Guardian (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

William Friedkin, the Academy Award winning director of The Exorcist, delivers a new kind of fairy tale for adults. A handsome young couple finds the perfect live-in babysitter to look after their newborn child.
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Contest: Win William Friedkin’s The Guardian on Blu-ray

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A babysitter has evil intentions in William Friedkin's The Guardian, making its Blu-ray debut tomorrow from Scream Factory. Ahead of the movie's new home media release, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Guardian.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject "The Guardian Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on January 24th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


The Guardian Blu-ray: "William Friedkin, the Academy Award®-winning* director of The Exorcist, delivers a new kind of fairy tale for adults.

A handsome young couple finds the perfect live-in babysitter to look after their newborn child.
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William Friedkin’s The Guardian Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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Years after making an indelible mark on the horror genre with The Exorcist, William Friedkin returned to the scarier side of cinema in 1990 with The Guardian. Ahead of its January 19th release, we have high-definition clips and a trailer teasing Scream Factory's Blu-ray debut of the film.

The Guardian Blu-ray: "William Friedkin, the Academy Award®-winning* director of The Exorcist, delivers a new kind of fairy tale for adults.

A handsome young couple finds the perfect live-in babysitter to look after their newborn child. It seems like a fairy tale, until ancient, supernatural forces turn the couples dream into a nightmare.

In his first horror film since The Exorcist, Oscar®-winning* director William Friedkin spins a terrifying tale based on every parent's worst fear. Jenny Seagrove (Local Hero) portrays the enchanting guardian who enters the home of new parents Dwier Brown (Red Dragon) and Carey Lowell (Licence to Kill
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William Friedkin’s The Guardian Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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Years after making an indelible mark on the horror genre with The Exorcist, William Friedkin returned to the scarier side of cinema with The Guardian. Ahead of the 1990 film's January 19th Blu-ray debut from Scream Factory, we have the release's extensive list of bonus features and a look at the cover art:

Press Release: William Friedkin, the Academy Award® winning director of The Exorcist, delivers a new kind of fairy tale for adults. A handsome young couple finds the perfect live-in babysitter to look after their newborn child. It seems like a fairy tale, until ancient, supernatural forces turn the couples dream into a nightmare. On January 19, 2016, Scream Factory™ is proud to present The Guardian, arriving for the first time on Blu-ray™. A film by William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The Hunted), the supernatural thriller stars Jenny Seagrove (Local Hero), Dwier Broan (Red Dragon) and Carey Lowell (License to Kill).

A must-have for loyal fans,
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Seagrove, Hannah, Keating join 'Another Mother's Son'

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Seagrove, Hannah, Keating join 'Another Mother's Son'
Second World War drama begins UK shoot; first image revealed.

Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating has joined the ensemble cast of period drama Another Mother’s Son, which also includes Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington, Peter Wight and Susan Hampshire.

Principal photography is underway on the film, which will shoot for six weeks across Somerset and the South West of England.

Another Mother’s Son is set during the Second World War, when the island of Jersey was occupied by the Nazis.

The film is based on the true story of Louisa Gould, who took in an escaped Russian Pow and hid him over the course of the war, amid growing tension as it became clear that British wartime leader Winston Churchill would not risk an assault to re-capture the island and the community began to fray under pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty.

BAFTA-winning Chris Menaul (Summer In February) directs a screenplay by Jenny Lecoat.

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For Cinematographers, All Roads Lead to Camerimage

For Cinematographers, All Roads Lead to Camerimage
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the organizers of the Camerimage Intl. Festival of the Art of Cinematography should blush. A number of similar film festivals are gaining momentum, including the Manaki Bros. Intl. Cinematographers’ Film Festival in Macedonia, Ostrava Kamera Oko Intl. Festival of Cinematographers in the Czech Republic and the nascent Bristol Festival of Cinematography. But the question asked around the American Society of Cinematographers clubhouse and anywhere camera people gather as summer wanes, is, “Will I see you in Poland?”

Chris Menges, Walter Murch and Sandy Powell will be among those making the journey to Bydgoszcz, in western Poland, for the 23rd Camerimage, which kicks off Nov. 14 with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” featuring the work of frequent collaborator and Polish native Janusz Kaminski.

The showcase has gained a position of dominance with a single-minded focus on celebrating the creators of motion picture imagery.
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David Strathairn And Uzo Aduba Join Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly And Dakota Fanning In American Pastoral

Lakeshore Entertainment announced additional casting on American Pastoral with David Strathairn as “Nathan Zuckerman,” Peter Riegert as “Lou Levov,” Uzo Aduba as “Vicky” and Valorie Curry as “Rita Cohen.”

The film adaptation, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Philip Roth also stars Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, with McGregor directing.

American Pastoral follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.

American Pastoral’s adapted screenplay was written by John Romano (Lincoln Lawyer) with filming scheduled for September 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pa. American Pastoral will be produced by Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.

Strathairn won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and earned nominations from the Academy,
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Chris Menges to receive Camerimage honour

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Chris Menges to receive Camerimage honour
Oscar-winning cinematographer worked on Kes, The Killing Fields and The Reader among others.

British cinematographer Chris Menges is to receive a lifetime achievement award at Camerimage (Nov 14-21), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

Menges will attend the 23rd edition of Camerimage in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz to accept the award, introduce screenings of his films and will meet with the festival’s audience.

Across a 50-year career, Menges has won two Academy Awards for Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields in 1985, for which he also won a BAFTA, and The Mission in 1987.

More recently, he was Oscar-nominated (with Roger Deakins) for his work on Stephen Daldry’s The Reader in 2010.

Menges began his career in the 1960s as camera operator for documentaries by Adrian Cowell and for films like Poor Cow by Ken Loach and If… by Lindsay Anderson.

He returned to work with Loach on Kes, which marked
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David Puttnam returns to production with 'Arctic 30'

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David Puttnam returns to production with 'Arctic 30'
Chariots Of Fire producer David Puttnam is returning to filmmaking for the first time in more than 15 years

The former Columbia studio boss is to make Arctic 30, a feature about the experiences of 30 Greenpeace activists thrown into Russia’s prison system after protesting against drilling in the Arctic.

The film is based on Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30, a book by Ben Stewart, published earlier this month.

Lord Puttnam and Le Pacte co-owner Hani Farsi of Corniche Pictures have signed a joint venture to produce the film. A director has yet to be announced.

Puttnam credits Emma Thompson, who is involved in the film and is set to help script it, with kickstarting the project.

“We wouldn’t have reached this point without her and it is very much her decision from here on in as to the degree to which she will be involved but she
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The film that makes me cry: Local Hero

Bill Forsyth’s oil-refinery comedy isn’t billed as a weepy. It is, however, a love poem to Scotland, and that’s what brings the lump to my throat

IMDb, the movie site, says nothing about blubbing. No warning to keep the tissues at the ready. In fact, Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero (1983) is often described as a comedy. Quirky, wry, gentle. Those are the other words most commonly used. Weepy, no. And the storyline does not hint at the emotional turbulence you might soon be experiencing. So maybe it’s just me being a big sissy. Wouldn’t be the first time I lost the plot.

Related: Scots director Bill Forsyth remembers the making of his Eighties classic Local Hero

Related: A fan's tour of Local Hero locations in Scotland

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'Paddington' Interview with Director Paul King | Exclusive

'Paddington' Interview with Director Paul King | Exclusive
Paddington is an instant family classic, and will likely defy the expectations of those expecting another live-action CGI hybrid such as Scooby Doo, The Smurfs or Yogi Bear. Director Paul King is able to take the story of a young Peruvian bear known worldwide, and turn it into a unique and charming experience unlike anything seen before. It truly is a special little film, and it will surely continue to find an audience well after it leaves theaters. Its the type of movie that is impossible to hate on any level.

The movie follows Paddington as he travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined, until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven.
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