Big year for Scottish films at Edinburgh film festival

Big year for Scottish films at Edinburgh film festival

Karen Gillan makes her directorial debut at EIFF with short film, Coward / credit: Suki Dhanda

Hector, Karen Gillan’s directorial debut Coward, and docs on Marillion frontman Fish and cyclist Graeme Obree announced for EIFF 2015

An exciting showcase of Scottish filmmaking talent is headed to the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival, alongside the already announced world premieres of Robert Carlyle’s Glasgow-set The Legend of Barney Thomson and Scott Graham’s Iona.

Highlights from the lineup include Peter Mullan’s (Trainspotting, Neds) superb performance in homeless drama Hector; short film Coward, Karen Gillan's (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy) writing-and-directing debut; plus an exclusive live gig with singer-songwriter Vic Godard, following the world premiere of music doc Big Gold Dream.

With further Scottish talent featured, music fans are spoilt for choice at the festival. Music maverick Bill Drummond is confirmed for a special performance following the screening of Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared, not to mention former Marillion frontman Fish attending the world premiere of the fly-on-the-wall documentary Polska.

And for Edinburgh's cycling enthusiasts, superstar Graeme Obree, aka ‘the Flying Scotsman’, will be attending the festival for the inspiring and charming doc Battle Mountain.

‘We are delighted to be presenting so many films with Scottish links at this year’s festival,’ said EIFF Artistic Director Mark Adams. ‘Not only are we opening and closing with brilliant new local films, but the festival is punctuated with terrific Scottish documentaries, shorts, animation and features.’

With the festival opening and closing with Scottish films and everything to come in between, it’s encouraging to see the EIFF displaying such commitment to the national film industry.

‘We are delighted to see such a large number and variety of projects with a Scottish connection screening throughout the Festival, demonstrating the talent and skills of filmmakers and crew working in Scotland,’ added Natalie Usher, Director of Film & Media at Creative Scotland. ‘To have the premieres of films from Scottish directors as the Opening and Closing films in this prestigious programme is tremendous.’

Full lineup of Scottish films at EIFF 2015:

The Legend of Barney Thomson
Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk
Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared
Battle Mountain
Pyramid Texts
Scottish Mussel
Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace
The Closer We Get
Gasping (short)
Toonocalypse (short)

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015 runs 17–28 June 2015.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.