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26 Jun 20194 stars

EIFF 2019: Religious fervour powers this impressive debut, starring Olivia Colman and Walton Goggins

Led by pastor Lemuel (Walton Goggins), a Pentecostal congregation reside in isolation atop an Appalachian mountain. Proving their devotion to God by handling wild snakes – if someone is bitten, they're left to fight the poison without medical attention…

Nuclear Reaction: Serhii Plokhy on how Chernobyl fuelled Glasnost

25 Jun 2019

Harvard professor and expert on 1986 nuclear disaster delivers The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction Lecture at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival

The explosion in 1986 changed everything for the nuclear industry as Serhii Plokhy chronicles in Chernobyl, History of a Tragedy, which won The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. He revisited Chernobyl with Malcolm Borthwick, editor of…


24 Jun 20193 stars

EIFF 2019: Powerful autobiographical drama from Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em,' is the boiled-down idea behind actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's debut as writer-director. Based upon his own experiences, Farming tells the unusual, frequently horrifying story of a Nigerian boy assimilating into an…

Danny Boyle on Yesterday: 'Himesh was a gift to us making the film, and all I had to do was make sure we didn't ruin it'

24 Jun 2019

Oscar-winning director discusses his latest film, in which the world forgets about the Beatles

It's an early public screening of Yesterday, Danny Boyle's rom-com fantasy in which one man pretends to have written the Beatles' back catalogue. Some large, bald men in rugby shirts talk noisily through the opening scenes. They're abruptly silenced…

Hurt by Paradise

24 Jun 20192 stars

EIFF 2019: Greta Bellamacina's debut has its charms but is scuppered by self-consciousness

Opening with a homage to Woody Allen's Manhattan, Greta Bellamacina's feature debut is part love letter to modern London and part love letter to other filmmakers' love letters. Director and writer Bellamacina plays the film's protagonist, Celeste, a…

The Souvenir

21 Jun 20195 stars

EIFF 2019: A difficult romance is the focus of Joanna Hogg's masterful, loosely autobiographical drama

A romance shrouded in mystery and apparently ill-fated is at the heart of Joanna Hogg's typically brilliant fourth film. The British writer-director of Unrelated, Archipelago and Exhibition, who launched the cinematic career of Tom Hiddleston, takes…


21 Jun 20192 stars

EIFF 2019: Pop stars aplenty lend their voices to an imperfect animation

'Perfection can stuff it,' runs the tagline for UglyDolls, the latest animated feature seemingly designed to shift merchandise. The Uglydoll plush toy brand has been around since 2001, and perhaps the failure of UglyDolls at the US box office suggests…


20 Jun 20194 stars

EIFF 2019: Mark Jenkin is at the helm of a riveting and stylistically audacious class warfare drama

A principled fisherman tangles with down-from-London types in this leftfield take on class warfare from writer-director Mark Jenkin. Aping silent cinema in its aesthetic and intensity, it turns the mounting tensions of a Cornish fishing village into…

Never Look Away

20 Jun 20195 stars

EIFF 2019: Stunning, Oscar-nominated return to form from the director of The Lives of Others

If the prospect of a three-hour film isn't immediately enticing, remember writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's debut feature was 2006's Oscar-winning The Lives of Others. And if you are in the camp that thought that among the best films of…

Boyz in the Wood

19 Jun 20192 stars

EIFF 2019: Ninian Doff's debut is a childish comedy horror set in the Scottish Highlands

'What a load of nonsense,' announces Kate Dickie's befuddled policewoman during writer-director Ninian Doff's feature debut. And, frankly, it's hard to argue. Winner of the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW, Boyz in the Wood sees four teenagers arrive…

Stay Hungry: EIFF's new gastronomic-themed strand whets the appetite

19 Jun 2019

Tuck into documentaries on Spanish olive oil, lectures on culinary cinema and discussions about the future of Scottish food and drink

This year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival has introduced a new strand, CineCuisine, to its ever-growing programme. It features a series of screenings and events that explore the connections between food and film, celebrating gastronomic…

Laura Jurd on Sketches of Spain: 'It's a bit of a journey so fasten your seatbelts'

18 Jun 2019

The trumpeter gears up to play the classic Miles Davis album at this year's EIFF with Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

On 15 September 1990, a future British trumpet star was born. Meanwhile, just one year and 13 days later, a legend of the jazz world died, leaving behind an unmatchable musical legacy. As part of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival's Spain…

Jamie Sutherland on Southern Exposure: 'Our remit has always been to put on some of the best music coming out of Scotland'

17 Jun 2019

With Summerhall's beloved music festival back for another year, we speak to those involved and hear from some stars of the future

Through the excitement at bringing back the compact music festival Southern Exposure, it's possible to detect just a hint of regret in Jamie Sutherland's tone. After all, the music programmer of Summerhall's Nothing Ever Happens Here series of…

Cymera: International and home-grown genre literature talent meets in the Scottish capital

12 Jun 2019

We spent a day at the debut Cymera Festival listening to the literary wisdom of science-fiction, fantasy and horror writers

Not even the gloomy and unpredictable Edinburgh weather was capable of deterring literature lovers from converging at the inaugural edition of the Cymera Festival in the Pleasance Courtyard. The festival had an ambitious programme, with 80 authors…

Kelly Asbury: 'My aim was to make UglyDolls a full-on traditional movie musical; fun, light-hearted and emotional'

11 Jun 2019

Director of the musician-led animated movie discusses what sparked his interest in the project and its message of diversity, acceptance and inclusion

Difference, unconventionality and freakiness rule in UglyDolls, the new animated film from STX Entertainment. While many kids films preach about the need for self-acceptance, they tend to feature perfect, unrealistic animated versions of people that…

Made in Scotland Festival presents six Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows in Brussels

11 Jun 2019

Dance, theatre and music take over six iconic venues in the city

For the Made in Scotland Festival the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, in partnership with Creative Scotland, Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Music Centre, has sifted through the hundreds of shows that have appeared at the Fringe to select…

'We Need New Stories': The Edinburgh International Book Festival comes out in praise of storytelling

6 Jun 2019

The 2019 programme features book launches, a wider international range than ever and a variety of responses to the seismic changes of the 21st century

In a complex world, we need more than just a few simple stories to understand what's going on. That's the underlying theme of the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival, according to director Nick Barley: 'Stories are devices that help humans make…

Boyz In the Wood: 'They took us out to the woods and got all freaky with us'

6 Jun 2019

The young cast of Boyz In the Wood chat about the film's early success, their mischievous adult co-stars, and what Eddie Izzard is really like

Ninian Doff has previously been better known as the creator of music shorts for artists including Royal Blood, Migos, Miike Snow and Chemical Brothers. Now he's created Boyz in the Wood, his debut feature in which a quartet of lads attempting to gain…

Focus on Spain: four films to catch at EIFF

6 Jun 2019

Edinburgh International Film Festival places a focus on Spanish cinema for its 73rd edition

The Edinburgh International Film Festival returns this year with a wide range of choices for film enthusiasts. Running from Wed 19–Sun 30 Jun around the culturally-vibrant capital city, the festival promises to offer great sights along the way of…

ZOO announces their Edinburgh Fringe 2019 programme

5 Jun 2019

The British Council Showcase returns to the Scottish capital alongside a plethora of dance, physical theatre and performance

As much as comedy can be a staple of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, there is plenty of room in the city (and the show-goer's festival planner) for other artistic forms of expression, such as dance and theatre. ZOO always bring their A game when it comes…

What to expect from the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival

5 Jun 2019

Edinburgh rolls out its red carpet for a packed programme of the best cinema the world has to offer

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 Despite being one of the world's longest-running celebrations of the medium, the Edinburgh International Film Festival has consistently kept its finger on the pulse of cinema for the past 73 years…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone orchestral tour: here's how to get presale tickets

4 Jun 2019

Czech National Symphony Orchestra brings John Williams' magical score to life this September

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series is back and will be livening up Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with a unique tour this September. The film will be screened in 13 UK cities with orchestral accompaniment. Presale tickets for the tour go on…

Review: Edinburgh International Children's Festival 2019

4 Jun 2019

Our favourites from this year's line-up include The Invisible Man, Small Wonders and I Wish I Was A Mountain

Each year, the Edinburgh International Children's Festival team scours the globe to find fresh, unique and challenging work for young audiences, from toddlers to teens. The 2019 programme served up many thought-provoking visual feasts – here are our…

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this June

31 May 2019

Including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Cymera, West End Festival and Glasgow Jazz Festival

Opening galas, closing events, retrospectives, guest stars, premieres and themed strands: it's the recipe for a perfect film festival and the Edinburgh lot know how to do this kind of thing with their eyes wide shut. Spain has emerged as a major theme…

Let's go to the movies with Johnnie Walker

31 May 2019

The official whisky partner of the 73rd EIFF has a long history of supporting the film industry

From Hollywood blockbusters to small screen drama, Scotch Whisky deserves an Oscar for its commitment to film. And Johnnie Walker is certainly no stranger to the big screen, appearing in some of the world's biggest movies of the past 60 years.