With this milestone I have decided to take a look at how cinema has changed over the last 120 years. Essentially it’s the same: images projected onto a screen in front of an audience, but there have been numerous changes and advances over the years to add new dimensions to old favourites. We’ll be screening George Méliès’ 110 year old film A Trip to the Moon alongside an inspiring documentary detailing the film’s preservation. We’ll have two of Alfred Hitchcock’s early silent films: The Pleasure Garden and Blackmail and both these films will have live piano accompaniment by Wendy Hiscocks. We’ll also fast-forward 40 years to the era of the grand cinema-scope epic, by screening David Lean’s sumptuous classic, Lawrence of Arabia. All four of these films will be screened using beautiful brand new digital prints.
We’re delighted to be screening one of the greatest love letters to cinema ever made, Hungarian director György Pálfi’s, ode to cinema Final Cut – Ladies And Gentlemen
. Looking towards the future of cinema, we’ll screen Christopher Kenneally’s fascinating documentary Side By Side
, which looks at the changing techniques involved in film-making.
Every year we take a look at the work of first time directors so that you can get a first glimpse at the up and coming talent in world cinema. This year we have debuts from Scott Graham, Shell
(Scotland), Tusi Tamasese, The Orator
(New Zealand), Brandon Cronenberg, Antiviral
(Canada), Leo Khasin, Kaddish For A Friend
(Germany) and Tim Connery, Easton’s Article
As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Inverness Film Festival, I’d like to give special thanks to Michael McDaid, who began the festival, and Matt Lloyd who co-directed my first three festivals.
I hope you enjoy the films, and remember don’t forget to vote for the audience award (the first three have gone to Japan, Sweden and Australia, I wonder where will be next).
Paul Taylor, Festival Director and Eden Court Cinema Programmer