Sunday, 11 September 2011
Dougray Scott - A Thousand Kisses Deep premiere
19th Raindance Film Festival Line-Up Announced
Yesterday morning saw the unveiling of the line-up for the 19th annual Raindance Film Festival. 98 features from 38 countries will be screened from the 28th of September to the 9th of October at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly, making this the largest Raindance to date, and well worthy of the title of Europe’s leading independent film festival.
Specialising in edgy and alternative films, many of which are by first-time filmmakers, the festival received over 3000 submissions this year, with less than 100 making the cut. As the organisers put it, “it’s not that those other 2900+ films weren’t good; they just weren’t good enough. Raindance continues to grow, with the calibre of films and filmmakers improving every year and this year’s batch are the best yet”
The festival opens with Another Earth. This haunting indie sci-fi that has already been pounced on by Fox Searchlight was a hit at this year’s Sundance and receives its European Premier at Raindance. This is just one of 21 films receiving their European bow; an additional 8 are world premieres and a staggering 49 will be shown for the first time in the UK.
Other hotly anticipated titles include Black Pond, which stars the potentially hilarious pairing of Chris Langham and Simon Amstell. While Acts of Godfrey promises to be just as humorous with Harry Enfield and Simon Callow starring.
On a more serious note we have A Thousand Kisses Deep; a star studded cast including Dougray Scott, Jodie Whittaker and Emilia Fox star in a film about passion and betrayal.
Read more at What Culture
Read more about the film at Goldcrest Films
New project for Dougray? Journo’s novel slated for movie
A former The Standard journalist is set to hit the big screen, with one of his novels picked up for development as a movie.
Tony Black, who worked at the Warrnambool newspaper from 2002-03, has published five books since returning to his native Scotland and gained acclaim in the crime genre.
Four of his books centre on alcoholic ex-journalist Gus Dury, who regularly finds himself drawn into investigating crimes that reveal the dark underbelly of Edinburgh.
It’s the Dury character that has attracted the attention of film-makers, with director Richard Jobson signing on to bring Long Time Dead — the fourth Dury book — to the big screen.
Jobson, who was a member of punk band The Skids before becoming a director, had success in 2008 with his festival-selected film New Town Killers.
Black confirmed that one of the stars of that film — Dougray Scott — is in talks to portray his anti-hero Dury.
Scott is best known for roles in such movies as Mission: Impossible II, Enigma and Ever After.
Black’s books have drawn positive reviews. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh proclaimed Black to be “my favourite British crime author”. He has been named as one of the leading writers of “Tartan Noir” — the name bestowed upon the grim Scots crime tales he writes.
His latest book Truth Lies Bleeding was released to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Book Festival, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.
It’s unknown when the film version of Long Time Dead will see the light of day, but Jobson is believed to be starting work on the project once he completes his current movie.
Source: The Standard