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EIFF review: Life After Beth

Zombie comedy Life After Beth gets its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Review by Alex Watson Believe it or not, the humble zombie seems to have overtaken sparkly vampires as the ‘trendiest’ monster in film and TV. In recent years we have seen angry zombies (28 Days Later), clever zombies (Land of the …

Interview: Anthony Baxter on A Dangerous Game

Anthony Baxter takes on tycoon Donald Trump and his luxury golf developments once again in his hard-hitting documentary A Dangerous Game, the follow-up to 2011’s You’ve Been Trumped. The film-maker spoke to Jonathan Melville before a special screening of A Dangerous Game at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Baxter says that the Trump controversy in Scotland was …

EIFF review: Palo Alto

Gia Cappola’s directorial debut Palo Alto has been long anticipated by UK audiences, and her honest approach to the unsettled lives of teenagers in the San Francisco Bay area proves to be worth the wait, writes Rachael Bell Palo Alto brings to the screen a short story collection by James Franco that documents youth, with all its pressures and …

EIFF review: Snowpiercer

Bong Joon-ho’s train-set sci-fi movie Snowpiercer arrives at the Edinburgh International Film Festival for its long-awaited UK premiere. Review by Nicola Brown The latest sci-fi venture from Korean visionary Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother) should not be dismissed as another large-scale Hollywood epic. It’s much more than that. As a director known to enjoy breaking the genre …

EIFF review: The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins gets its European premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Review by Nicola Brown The Skeleton Twins begins with two siblings separately contemplating suicide. Milo (Bill Hader) is the only one to follow through by slitting his wrists, whilst Maggie (Kristen Wiig) is interrupted by a phone call from the hospital informing …

EIFF review: Club Sandwich

Club Sandwich gets its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Review by Nicola Brown Fernando Eimbcke’s Club Sandwich alludes to the lunchtime snack of choice young Hector chooses whilst on holiday in a motel with his mother. Unlike the well-established ‘coming of age’ story, Eimbcke adopts a new approach to the relatable plotline. …

EIFF interview: Noel Clarke on The Anomaly

Director and actor Noel Clarke talks to Jonathan Melville about his new action film The Anomaly, which received its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. [Noel Clarke in The Anomaly] In The Anomaly, Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness, Adulthood) plays a traumatised ex-soldier called Ryan, who wakes up in the back of a …

Edinburgh International Film Festival announces jurors for 2014

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced the jurors for this year’s competitions. The Michael Powell Award, the International Competition, the Documentary Competition, the Short Film Competition and the Student Critics Competition will be judged by an international mix of experts from the world of acting, directing and producing. EIFF Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara said: “We’re …

Not Another Happy Ending – EIFF review

Film critic Alistair Harkness gives his verdict on Not Another Happy Ending, the closing gala screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival IT ALWAYS seemed as if the Edinburgh International Film Festival might be tempting fate a little when the announcement was made that Scottish romcom Not Another Happy Ending would close this year’s event …

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