Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: a chance to meet your heroes

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: a chance to meet your heroes

Elijah Wood in Set Fire to the Stars

Elijah Wood, Don Johnson, Aubrey Plaza and America Ferrera among the special guests at EIFF14

The EIFF has faced some whispered accusations of obscurity in the past, producing programmes which, regardless of their high quality, fell short on recognisable names that filmgoers could get excited about. It’s an issue that’s squarely addressed at this year’s festival, with some of Hollywood’s finest turning up on screen and in the flesh.

Elijah Wood is the main attraction of the Empire Hero Hangouts strand, a series of 90-minute interviews in the grand Royal Lyceum Theatre. Also lined up is Miami Vice star and Robert Rodriguez favourite Don Johnson (in town supporting Cold in July -– see interview, page 12, and review, page 57); Kidulthood creator Noel Clarke (here in support of The Anomaly) and The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg (appearing alongside his We’ll Never Have Paris co-director Jocelyn Towne).

In addition to the Hero Hangouts, other guests include Parks & Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza (Life After Beth); Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera (X/Y); British comedian Kevin Eldon (who co-stars with Elijah Wood in Set Fire to the Stars); and Scottish film and stage star David Hayman (Castles in the Sky). There’ll also be plenty of behind-the-camera talent in attendance, including Stake Land’s Jim Mickle (Cold in July) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’s Michel Gondry (Is the Man who is Tall Happy?), with many more still to be announced.

Hero Hangouts, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Fri 20–Sun 29 Jun. See edfilmfest.org.uk for further guest announcements.