Tag: Edinburgh Film Festival

  • Castles in the Sky.

    Gillies MacKinnon’s Castles in the Sky celebrates the life and work of Robert Watson-Watt; one of history’s most under-appreciated Scotsmen. With his huge contributions to the development of radar, prior to the second world war, Watson-Watt initially seemed like a suitable subject for a BBC 2 sixty-minute single feature. In a Q and A that followed the […]

  • Joe.

    Joe kills trees. He makes his living by poisoning unwanted forests in order for new, stronger pines to be planted in their place. He also employs men to do the same; men that he trusts to work hard and whom he pays fairly. Joe drinks too much and has made enemies in his home town. […]

  • Virunga.

    Documentaries don’t get rawer than Virunga. This is a real story of corruption, greed, death and determination. Amidst tensions over the country’s oil resources as well as a bloody civil war, we meet a select few, determined to protect Congo’s national park known as Virunga. We also encounter some of the last surviving mountain gorillas and those […]

  • Hellion.

    Hellion is about many things. It is about love, family, victims of circumstance, addiction, loss, masculinity and crime. Directed by Kat Candler, this is one of the most moving films I’ve seen this year. A coming-of-age tale about the tragedy of loving but being unable to provide, Hellion is an absolute triumph. Set in the broken home of […]

  • A Dangerous Game.

    Following the success of You’ve Been Trumped, Anthony Baxter returns to documentary with his follow up. When billionaire, and self described “business extraordinaire”, Donald Trump began to make his dream of building the world’s greatest golf course come true it was the residents of a small area in Aberdeenshire who were made to suffer. Destroying natural preservations […]

  • Let Us Prey.

    Brian O’Malley’s directorial debut is set almost entirely in a small, remote police station. Constable Rachel Heggie is about to begin her first shift, having been relocated; from where? we do not know. Nothing is as it seems in this world. The night begins quietly with two officers having sexual escapades whilst Heggie and her […]

  • Doc of the Dead.

    Alexandre O. Philippe is known for his documentary work that tends to focus of geek-culture. By taking items that are prominent in popular culture and analysing their success and their fandom, he has created several films that excellently discuss the role of the fan and ultimately the rise of the nerds and their interests. In George […]

  • Snowpiercer.

    Set at the end of the year 2021, Snowpiercer tells the story of the planet’s last remaining survivors. All human life now exists on one train, a train organised into rank and social position. Those at the tail-end live in poverty. Those at the front live in luxury, worshipping the sacred engine as well as their mysterious […]

  • A Most Wanted Man.

    Four months after the unexpected death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of his final performances is being screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival. An Unwanted Man presents Hoffman as the leader of a secret team, living in Hamburg and fighting the war against terror in dangerous and highly sensitive ways. The film follows a simple plan to […]

  • We Are Monster.

    Anthony Petrou’s We Are Monster not only explores the tragedy of racial hate and violence but also delves into what causes it, encourages it and fuels it. In March 2000, Zahid Mubarek was brutally murdered in his prison cell by the man he shared the space with. We Are Monster brings this true story to the big screen in […]