Take One Action, Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival and Africa in Motion set for 2010
Autumn looks set to be a busy time for fans of great cinema. Eddie Harrison talks us thought the highlights of the upcoming film seasons.
Festival-ed out post Edinburgh? If you’re a red carpet junkie, worry not, 2010 still has plenty to offer the discerning cineaste. But forget Venice, Toronto and London, what about film festivals a bit closer to home? The Scottish arts calendar is literally jammed with cinematic jamborees, so dust off your Vera Wang and get out your diary …
From 23 Sep-5 Oct, Edinburgh and Glasgow host the Take One Action Film Festival tackling issues of global and environmental injustice. With a remit like that, it’s no surprise that Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty are patrons, and Laverty himself will be in attendance. Screening’s range from classic eye-openers like Loach’s Bread and Roses and Sir Richard Attenborough’s Ghandi, to the UK preview of Burdus, with director Julia Bacha discussing filming in Palestine.
Film fans can also head north to the Loch Ness Film Festival, which runs from 23-26 Sep with a wealth of shorts, documentaries, live music events and low-budget premieres running alongside fare like Richard Jobson’s New Town Killers. And if you’re feeling the pace already, check out the programme of events at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival with artfully chosen programme highlights including screenings of Oscar nominees Elling, The White Ribbon and this year’s Noah Baumbach comedy, Greenberg (1-24 Oct)
Or why not get on your bike and head up to the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (Oct 21 to 24) with Mark Beaumont, Mick Fowler and Benedict Allen all in the saddle for guest lectures. The youth of today are the focus of the Discovery International Film Festival for Young People at Dundee’s DCA, featuring 3D feature Moomins and the Comet Chase, plus acclaimed Irish animation The Secret of Kells (16 Oct-3 Nov).
There’s a more in-depth consideration of that continent’s film output in Edinburgh’s Africa in Motion Festival (21 Oct-5 Nov), which celebrates its fifth anniversary with work from Nollywood and beyond. Or slip down the M8 to Glasgow’s Document 8 Human Rights Festival that this year includes input from the Jazeera Children’s Channel and a cultural exchange with Sarajevo’s Pravo Ljudski festival (26-31 Oct)
And we’ve still awaiting the anticipated programmes from North East Scotland’s Sound and Arts Music Festival (20 Oct-14 Nov), the Inverness Film Festival (3-7 Nov), the hardy perennial that is Edinburgh’s French Film Festival (11 Nov-4 Dec), the NEoN Digital Arts Festival in Dundee (8-14 Nov), the Dundee Mountain Film Festival (26-27 Nov), the My Favourite Film Festival in Cromarty (3-5 Dec) and many more.
Throw in gems like the GFT’s celebration of Czech master Frantisek Vlácil (until 28 Sep) and Dead By Dawn’s Un-Halloween (Oct 9) and before you know it Glasgow Film Festival will be lighting up the 2011 calendar. So you might as well just flog your TV, you won’t need it anytime soon.