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Film & Television

Netflix thriller set in Highlands wins Edinburgh film festival's major honour

A Neflix production has picked up the major honour at the Edinburgh Film Festival for the first time - with a dark thriller set which sees a country park in West Lothian stand in for the Scottish Highlands.
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Isabel Davis will start her role as executive director of Creative Scotland's new screen unit in September.

New figurehead revealed for Scottish screen industry

Scotland’s troubled screen industry has been given a major boost after poaching one of British film’s leading executives to become its new figurehead.

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Jane Horrocks will be among the stars heading down the red carpet at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Edinburgh film festival reveals line-up of stars heading down red carpet

Jane Horrocks, Samantha Morton, Sadie Frost, Billie Piper will be among the stars heading down the Edinburgh Film Festival’s red carpet this month, organisers have revealed.
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Celebrated Scottish film director Bill Forsyth will be screening Local Hero and discussing a new stage adaptation of the classic comedy with theatre-maker David Greig at the film festival.

Director Bill Forsyth confirmed in Edinburgh International Film Festival line-up

Celebrated Scottish director Bill Forsyth is to return to the Edinburgh International Film Festival this summer - to lift the lid on his new version of Local Hero.
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Creative Scotland has launched a recruitment drive for a new figurehead for the film and TV sectors.

Creative Scotland to pay new film and TV chief up to £93k

A new figurehead for the Scottish film and television industries will be paid up to £93,000, it emerged today.

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Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest ever film production to be made in Scotland.

Makers of Avengers: Infinity War blockbuster tell Edinburgh to 'get ready' for premiere

The makers of the new Avengers: Infinity War blockbuster have told Edinburgh to “get ready” for a huge premiere in the city that will have a starring role in the film.
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BBC Scotland's coverage of the Tattoo will be beamed into 54 Canadian cinemas later this month.

Edinburgh Tattoo to stage cinema screenings for the first time

Organisers of the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have unveiled plans to take the event into cinemas for the first time - with a pilot to be rolled out in Canada.

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Channel Four news anchor Jon Snow opened the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Jon Snow: Broadcasters should have been more 'robust' over Brexit

Broadcasters should have been “far more robust with both the truths and the lies” of the Brexit debate, Channel Four news anchor Jon Snow has told the Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Edinburgh festivals
Billy Connolly appeared at the Fringe in 1972. Picture: by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

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.

Edinburgh festivals
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.
Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
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.”

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
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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