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Glasgow Film Festival reviews: Handsome Devil, All This Panic, My Life As A Courgette, The Age of Shadows

This year’s Glasgow Film Festival got off to a lightweight start on Wednesday with the UK premiere of Handsome Devil (**), a chaste coming-of-age tale about a gay teens wlearning to be true to themselves in a rugby-obsessed private school in Ireland.

Film
The Lyceum's Winter's Tale is a bold and fascinating production

Theatre review: The Winter’s Tale

It’s a play of two halves, people often say. In truth, though, The Winter’s Tale is a play of at least three halves; and if you reckon that that makes more than one play well then you’re beginning to enter into the strange world of Shakespeare’s great late romance, where things don’t quite add up, and where magical redemption suddenly becomes possible, even in the frozen depths of grief.

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The Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival will not be returning to the Assembly Rooms this year.

Assembly Rooms to return to its Fringe roots as digital experiment is ditched

One of the longest-running Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues is to go back to its roots after ditching a controversial digital event derided as “somewhere between pointless and insulting.”

Lifestyle
Sir Edwin Landseer's The Monarch Of The Glen. Picture: National Museum of Scotland

Paul McCartney’s Monarch of the Glen painting could go on display alongside original masterpiece

It was a commission for Paul McCartney’s Kintyre hideaway that led to the Beatles’ most memorable album cover.

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The cast of Cuttin A Rug

Theatre reviews: Cuttin’ A Rug | Made in India

The front of house staff are in swirling Fifties dresses with petticoats, and there’s a rock’n’roll band playing up a storm in the foyer; yup, it must be time for the second instalment of the Citizens’ slow-burning revival of John Byrne’s great Slab Boys trilogy. And things look good, as Caroline Paterson opens her production of Cuttin’ A Rug – set at Stobo’s annual Christmas dance in Paisley Town Hall – with an atmospheric glimpse of old newsreels and movies.

The year is 1957, the affluent society is on the horizon, and Bernadette, the dispatch-room lovely, will not have to rely on parcels from America for much longer, when it comes to glamorous clothes.

Theatre
Scottish Dance Theatre new season : Dreamers

Dance review: Scottish Dance Theatre: Dreamers and TuTuMucky

It was as if somebody had fired a starter pistol. Nine dancers standing in a neat line, facing the audience in complete stillness and silence - and then suddenly, they were off. Abandoning their colleagues one by one, to scurry around the stage at high speed, creating shapes that had the audience chuckling within seconds. Each returning to their original position to pass on the movement, like a relay baton, with a single jerk of their body.

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Tributes have been paid to Mr Bort, pictured, following his death on Friday. Picture: Allan McMillan - Edinburgh Folk Club.

Tributes paid after death of Edinburgh folk music stalwart Paddy Bort

Tributes have been paid to a long-standing member of Edinburgh’s folk music scene after he passed away on Friday.

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Joyce Falconer and Karen Fishwick in Dirt Under The Carpet

Theatre review: Dirt Under The Carpet

It’s a world hidden from most of us, as we snooze our way through the night. Yet in Britain today, hundreds of thousands of people, most of them women, scrape a living as part of the army of cleaners who start work as early as 3am, in the office blocks, hotels and malls that dominate our cities.

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Chuck Prophet

Music Review: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

Chuck Prophet, one-time guitarist with cult country rockers Green On Red, knows and loves his rock’n’roll. Whether he is covering his namesake Chuck Berry’s Ramona Says Yes with contrasting embellishment from his wife Stephanie Finch on sighing backing vocals and a lean, mean lead guitar display from James DePrato, or taking a left turn into the bittersweet Byrdsian jangle of Lonely Desolation, playful new wave rocker Jesus Was a Social Drinker or existential roots ballad Barely Exist, he and his righteous band the Mission Express were simultaneously in thrall to and command of their tradition.

Music
The cast of A Judgement In Stone

Theatre review: A Judgement In Stone

Ruth Rendell’s fine novel, A Judgement In Stone, begins with a sentence in which she tells us who committed the murder at the heart at the story, and the reason why. The rest of the book is the tense working-out of a tale of class hatred and unspoken pain gradually distilling into a ferocious act of violence that destroys the lives of four people.

Theatre
Author Alexander McCall Smith said writing the Scotland Street series has been a "pleasure." Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Scotland Street chronicles set for return to BBC Radio 4

One of Scotland’s most popular books is to return to the airwaves next week thanks to a new BBC Radio 4 serialisation.

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Commercial annimators work across several Scottish business sectors including advertising, architecture and video games design. Picture: Wikicommons

Move Summit to celebrate Scotland’s animation industry

It’s been described as Scotland’s “overlooked” creative industry, despite working on some of the best-known films and video games of recent years.

Culture

Joan Eardley: ‘the grand lady of Scottsh art’

While her name may not be first on the list of prominent Scottish painters, Joan Eardley carved out a niche for herself in 20th Century Scottish art.

News

Mystery behind Banksy style sculpture solved

The mystery of the Mine Girl sculpture which popped up underneath the Scott Monument on Valentine’s Day, has been solved as the ultimate act of love.

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Andrew Lincoln, left, and Keira Knightley are expected to appear in the  charity short film. Picture: Contributed

Love Actually ‘set for TV sequel’

Love Actually, the popular Christmas film, is to get a television sequel of sorts, it has announced.

Film

Mysterious ‘Banksy’ sculpture pops up at Scott Monument

A mysterious sculpture at the Scott monument left tourists and residents perplexed when it was placed at the Scott Monument on Valentines Day.

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Handsome Devil's director John Butler and star Fionn O'Shea launched the 13th Glasgow Film Festival tonight.

Irish comedy-drama opens 13th Glasgow Film Festival

The European premiere of an acclaimed Irish high-school drama has raised the curtain on the 13th annual Glasgow Film Festival.

Film
Author Philip Pullman has confirmed a follow-up trilogy to His Dark Materials. Picture: AP/RandomHouse

Philip Pullman announces follow-up trilogy to His Dark Materials

Acclaimed author Philip Pullman will publish his long-awaited follow-up to the His Dark Materials trilogy in October, 17 years after the last instalment.

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Musician Pete Townshend has praised work of Tannoy workers PICTURE: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Who’s Pete Townshend backs Tannoy workers

Pete Townshend, lead guitarist of The Who, has sent a letter supporting workers at the Tannoy speaker firm in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, who could face losing their jobs next month.

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The Bevvy Sisters, who played at Celtic Connections in Glasgow last month, are one of the few Scottish traditional music acts not dominated by men.

Rachel Newton: Why is live Scottish traditional music dominated by men?

At the Celtic Connections festival last month I organised and hosted a discussion on “Exploring Music and Gender.” This came about after I took to Facebook last year to ask some questions after voting in the Scots Trad Music Awards. I had been struck by the lack of women represented in the Live Act of the Year category (three females out of 39 band members) and wanted to express concern that live Scottish traditional music seemed to be dominated by men - and particularly a fairly masculine type of music that is popular just now within the scene in Scotland.

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