Charity begins at home
Scots star David Tennant has taken time out from his Doctor Who schedule to film a promotional video for leading St Andrews-based cancer charity, AICR (Association for International Cancer Research). A patron for the charity, Tennant has said he hoped his appearance in the video would help raise the charity’s profile and funds. The actor was recently nominated as the Most Attractive Man of 2007 in a poll conducted by Hello magazine. He also appeared in the Christmas Special of BBC TV show Extras.
Walk the Walk, the grant-making health charity behind The MoonWalk Edinburgh, has united with Maggie’s to create a second Cancer Caring Centre based at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital. The project will be launched in the spring with renowned architect and former teacher of Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas at the helm.
Following a recent fire, Edinburgh’s Filmhouse has had to reschedule some of its films. Anything cancelled in January will be rescheduled for February. Meanwhile, the Odeon cinema at Fort Kinnaird has closed to make room for more shops.
A new gallery has opened in the mezzanine of Glasgow’s Mussel Inn restaurant. Exhibitions will feature photographers, illustrators and experimental artists. The first exhibition showcases three Glasgow photographers: Andy Stark, Billy Stirling and Cameron McMurdo. Prints are now on sale and the exhibition will run until mid-February.
Travis have announced that they are returning to the studio in late February to work on their new album. The band have also lined up a few shows in early February south of the border.
Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and Tom McLelland are heading to South Africa at the end of February to perform under the Snow Patrol DJs banner. The band are keen supporters of Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future campaign.
Edinburgh Printmakers are set to launch Negativnights, a series of experimental films and documentaries created by emerging and established filmmakers and artists. From the end of January through February, selected artists will take part in discussions, live performances and exhibit additional works which relate to the weekly film screenings. Admission is free. See www.edinburgh-printmakers.co.uk for more information.
Plans are afoot for some major new events and initiatives as part of World Book Day. Nine £1 books for children of all ages will also be published in March, including new stories by Michael Bond and Neil Gaiman. There will also be a new series of Quick Reads, including titles by some of Britain’s most popular celebs, including Gordon Ramsay and Vanessa Feltz, as well as a new adventure featuring television favourite Doctor Who. See www.worldbookday.com for events near you.
The Stand Comedy Club is to stage a benefit in aid of the Princess Royal Special Care Baby Unit in Glasgow. The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III, Vladimir McTavish and Susan Calman will all be appearing on Wed 23 Jan. See www.thestand.co.uk for full tickets details.
The List is offering our environmentally-friendly readers some green advice online. The incentive, in collaboration with Natural Scotland, aims to showcase the abundance of high-quality resources on your doorstep. Visit www.list.co.uk and pledge your support.
This year’s New Year’s Honours list has recognised Glasgow-born producer, Iain Smith for his services to the film industry for the past 30 years. Smith’s credits include The Fifth Element, Seven Years in Tibet and Alexander. Smith currently runs Applecross Productions LTD and is a member of the Joint Board for Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council.