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The stars who got their big break at Edinburgh Fringe

How many of today’s biggest names started out in Edinburgh?

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Artistic director Mark Adams was at the helm of the festival for the third year.

Edinburgh film festival records highest audience since dates switch

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has reported its highest box office figures since the event moved from its traditional August slot.

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Josh OConnor and Alec Secareanu have wowed critics with their performance in Francis Lee's debut film God's Own Country.

Edinburgh film festival: God’s Own Country named best British feature

A love story about two Yorkshire sheep farmers has won the most coveted prize at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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Irvine Welsh will stage a massive 21st birthday party for the movie version of Trainspotting in the old Leith Theatre.

Trainspotting to get 21st birthday party to help Leith Theatre rebirth

Irvine Welsh is to stage a huge party celebrating the 21st anniversary of Trainspotting hitting cinemas to help efforts to reopen a neglected theatre after nearly 30 years.
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Russell Brand has been handed one of the key slots at the annual Edinburgh TV Festival in August.

Russell Brand to get key slot at Edinburgh TV Festival

Outspoken comic Russell Brand is to be given one of the main platforms at the Edinburgh International Television Festival this summer.
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Gaelic drama Bannan is filmed almost entirely on the Isle of Skye.

£4m deal secures future of Gaelic drama Bannan for next four years

The company set up on the Isle of Skye by the producer of the hit comedy The Inbetweeners has won a new four-year deal to continue making a Gaelic drama series there.

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Ewan Bremner attended the opening film. Pictures: Ian Georgeson

Stars on red carpet as Edinburgh film festival launches

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has launched its 70th anniversary celebrations with the UK premiere of a gay romance hailed as the “British Brokeback Mountain.”

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Alec Secareanu and Josh O'Connor in God's Own Country, the opening film of the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival: God’s Own Country

British director Francis Lee makes an auspicious debut with God’s Own Country, a gay love story about a Yorkshire sheep farmer whose tough existence is transformed when he falls for a Romanian migrant worker. Opening this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, it’s a movie that has the unmistakable ring of truth to it – both in its unsentimental depiction of rural life and its matter-of-fact approach to sexuality.

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Brian Cox played Winston Churchill in the new big-screen biopic, which was shot in and around Edinburgh.

New Scottish film and TV fund delivers £17.5m boost for economy

A new incentive fund to help bring films and TV productions to Scotland has generated a £17.5 million return on investment in its first 18 months - 10 times more than was put in.
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Kevin Bacon will be appearing in his wife Kyra Sedgwick's directorial debut at this year's Edinburgh film festival.

Kevin Bacon and Oliver Stone to appear at Edinburgh film festival

Hollywood favourite Kevin Bacon and Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone are to lead the 70th birthday celebrations of the Edinburgh International Film Festival this summer.
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Edinburgh-born Freya Mavor's new romantic comedy Modern Life Is Rubbish will be launching at the festival.

The Scottish stars launching new work at Edinburgh's film festival

John Hannah, Ewen Bremner, Tilda Swinton and Dickie are among the stars set to launch new work at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this summer.
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Clint Eastwood drew the crowds to the Cameo cinema in Tollcross in 1990.

Digital treasure trove lifts lid on 70 years of Edinburgh's film festival

It is the event that has brought the world’s biggest movie stars to the Capital for the last 70 years.

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A street performer on the Royal Mile during the 2016 Edinburgh festivals. Picture: Steven Scott Tyalor/JP Resell

Creative industries worth £3.7 billion to Scotland

The creative industries in Scotland comprises more than 15,000 registered enterprises and employs some 73,600 people, official figures have revealed.

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Clan members will have a starring role in the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo to give clan members starring role in 2017 production

Clan members from around the world will get the chance of a starring role in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the first time.
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Comedian Frankie Boyle has criticised 'risk averse' TV comedy in the UK. Picture: Robert Perry

Frankie Boyle warns ‘risk averse’ TV comedy becoming ‘stale’

Frankie Boyle has warned that television comedy in Britain has been set back decades because it is so risk averse.

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The EIFF marked a three per cent increase in attendees this year. Picture: Jon Savage

Edinburgh film festival celebrates biggest audience for eight years

The Edinburgh International Film Festival recorded its highest attendance for eight years as it celebrated its landmark 70th edition.

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Scenes from Whisky Galore. Picture: Graeme Hunter

Gillies Mackinnon ‘may never’ make another film in Scotland

One of the nation’s leading filmmakers fears he may never make another movie north of the border after problems raising the funding for his remake of Whisky Galore.

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Whisky Galore! closed the Edinburgh film festival. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Brian Ferguson: Whisky Galore breathes life into set-jetting

There appears little to link the great hall of Edinburgh Castle with the lone public house on the Hebridean island of Eriskay. I have the Edinburgh International Film Festival to thank for these unlikely back-to-back encounters.

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Eddie Izzard attends the Whisky Galore premiere at the Festival Theatre. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Eddie Izzard unaware Whisky Galore was a true story

EDDIE Izzard has admitted he had no idea the classic Scottish comedy Whisky Galore! was based on a true story until he started working on a new version.

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Donald Currie  says the island has changed a lot since the old film. The new one was made on mainland. Picture: contributed

Whisky Galore star on how the original will never be matched

HE was just four years of age when he won a starring role in one of Scotland’s all-time classic films.

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