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Edinburgh 2015 kicks off

  • The Legend of Barney Thomson

June 2015

As always, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is showcasing a wealth of British talent. The festival is bookended by two Scottish themed films this year, kicking off tonight with Robert Carlyle's The Legend of Barney Thomson*.

The film stars Carlyle, Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay, Ashley Jensen, and Martin Compston in the story of a Glasgow barber who accidentally becomes a serial killer.

EIFF closes June 28 with Scott Graham’s Iona*, a family drama set in the breathtaking landscapes of the Inner Hebrides island of the same name. Ruth Negga plays Iona, who goes back to the island where she was raised, now on the run from a violent crime with her son Bull (Ben Gallagher).

The films in the Best of British strand are:
45 Years by Andrew Haigh*
Black Mountain Poets by Jamie Adams*
Blood Cells by Joseph Bull, Luke Seomore *
Brand New-U by Simon Pummell*
Chicken by Joe Stephenson
Desert Dancer by Richard Raymond
Hector by Jake Gavin*
Norfolk by Martin Radich*
North V South by Steven Nesbit*
Scottish Mussel by Talulah Riley
Swung by Colin Kennedy*
The Incident by Jane Linfoot*
The Messenger by David Blair
The Pyramid Texts by Ludwig Shammasian, Paul Shammasian*
The Violators by Helen Walsh*
Under Milk Wood by Kevin Allen

*=eligible for Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film

Other hot British screenings at EIFF will include Asif Kapadia’s Cannes hit Amy; the new season of TV Show Doll & Em, and a healthy crop of documentaries including Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD, The First Film and Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story.

There are also a number of British shorts in EIFF’s eight shorts programmes.

Special talks include Seamus McGarvey in conversation with Haskell Wexler; conversations with Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell and Johnnie To, and Ewan McGregor talking about his career including his latest film Last Days in the Desert.

The country focus this year is Mexico as part of the broader UK-Mexico year of cultural exchange

British Council film team members will be attending EIFF and also hosting a special Nigerian delegation as part of our new UK-Nigeria screenwriting programme Script Junction.

The festival’s new artistic director Mark Adams also tells British Council Film about some of his past and preesnt favorite films in our Spotlight.

More information about EIFF can be found here.