Filming Inverness Film Festival 2010

Being of good Highland stock, and something of a film fan, I made my way north last week for the eighth annual Inverness Film Festival, my second year at the event.

It all takes place at the impressive Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, which I can recommend a visit to even if you’re not seeing a film – they do great club sandwiches in the bar.

While I was there I met up with the Festival’s director, Paul Taylor, to discuss what was coming up over the week, and decided to film it for ReelScotland. It was all a bit last minute and I only had my iPhone 4 to hand, which sadly doesn’t come with a stand/tripod.

As the cinema was screening 1957’s The Smallest Show on Earth on the Friday, a film about cinemas which was being shown in Eden Court’s projection room, I thought it only right to film Paul in there. It’s bit wobbly, but as far as I know there was no other news outlet filming at the event.

I’ll hopefully have a chance to use my other camera next time, which does have the option of a tripod, but I think the more casual syle works for ReelScotland. I’ll also be writing a column on the Festival for this week’s Edinburgh Evening News.


Broadcasting Film Writing

BBC Radio Scotland Movie Café


I was invited back onto BBC Radio Scotland’s weekly Movie Café programme this week (I was last on in January when I covered Bristol’s silent film festival, Slapstick 2010) to discuss the re-release of James Cameron’s Avatar and Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist.

While I was based in the Edinburgh studio, host Janice Forsyth and fellow critic Paul Gallagher were over in Glasgow, and we discussed our generally negative reactions to Avatar returning to cinemas, with around eight more minutes of footage weaved into the narrative, and our love of the more traditional, Scottish made, The Illusionist.

I’d strolled along to the BBC Studios through the Grassmarket and up Victoria Street, the latter playing a prominent part of the stunning film which makes the city appear almost fairytale-esque. I’d already covered The Illusionist premiere back in June for the Edinburgh Evening News, and ReelScotland, but it was nice to air those views on the radio with fellow enthusiasts.

The programme is available on iPlayer until Thursday 26 August.