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A still from Charge, screening as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival UK Tour

The best ski films screening in Scotland this winter, and where to see them

The advent of the high-speed interweb has been both a blessing and a curse for lovers of ski films: a blessing because it’s now possible to watch thousands of them for free on your smartphone; a curse because this means people are less likely to take the trouble to watch them on the big screen. That’s too bad, because there’s a whole world of difference between watching a ski flick at your local cinema, ideally as part of an enthusiastic audience of like-minded souls, and watching it alone on a screen the size of a fag packet while you’re waiting for the bus. Happily, however, not only are there some fantastic new ski films out this winter, there are also plenty of chances to see them in the best possible format.

Screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns poses on the red carpet as she arrives at the World premiere and Royal Film Performance of 1917 in London on December 4, 2019. PIC: Tolga AKMEN / AFP

Alistair Harkness: “Oscar nomination for Glasgow screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns a phenomenal achievement”

“It’s probably all downhill from here,” joked Krysty Wilson-Cairns when I interviewed her for The Scotsman just before Christmas. The Glaswegian screenwriter responsible for penning Sam Mendes’ Golden Globe-winning First World War drama was commenting on the fact the prestigious $90 million (£69m) production marked her first-ever produced film. Now, however, Wilson-Cairns, a graduate of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who has been writing professionally for just five years, can add “Oscar nominee” to her growing list of accolades.

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