EIFF to screen ET the Extra-Terrestrial with live soundtrack
- Murray Robertson
- 4 February 2016
Music to be performed by the RSNO as part of Edinburgh film festival
In 1982 Steven Spielberg's ET the Extra-Terrestrial received its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Now, 34 years later, the sci-fi classic is returning to the festival, this time with a live orchestral score performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Telling the story of a lonely boy who befriends a stranded alien creature, ET went on to win four Oscars, including 'best original score', and was the highest-grossing film of the 1980s. Its soundtrack is one of John Williams' most beloved works, and that's high praise indeed considering the formidable 83 year-old composer also penned the iconic music for Star Wars, Superman, Harry Potter, Jaws and Jurassic Park.
Mark Adams, artistic director of the EIFF said, 'We are delighted to continue our relationship with the RSNO for this wonderful film and music event. The fact that ET and Steven Spielberg have such a strong link to EIFF makes this magnificent screening in our 70th edition all the more special.'
The collaboration between EIFF and RSNO follows last year's immensely popular live screening of Back to the Future. RSNO chief executive Krishna Thiagarajan said that RSNO 'musicians relish the opportunity to perform John Williams' works in a live context, as we have done on numerous occasions. ET surely has an appeal which spans generations so this special screening with live orchestra promises to be a memorable event for the young as well as the more seasoned cinema attenders.'
ET the Extra-Terrestrial with live orchestral score is at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre on Sat 25 Jun. Tickets go on sale from Fri 5 Feb at 10am.