British talent at the Edinburgh Int. Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival, EIFFWith a programme consisting of 146 features from 53 countries, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) truly honours its name. But it looks like the home-grown British filmmakers are ready to steal the show.

When the 11-day festival kicks off on the 19 June, the audience will be treated to 14 world premieres, 6 international premieres and 10 European premieres.

And, as is to be expected, the UK’s filmmakers are well represented in Edinburgh this year. The British films competing for the Michael Powell Award – named after one of Britain’s most original filmmakers – are showing off a wide set of skills and creativity.

 “I’m very proud that in my second year at the festival we’ve again put together a programme that reflects our festival’s commitment to international cinema, while giving our audiences opportunities to discover a broad range of outstanding work from British filmmakers,” said EIFF artistic director Chris Fujiwara.  

The twelve nominated films in the Michael Powell category are:

Blackbird - Jamie Chambers

Everyone’s going to Die - the two-person collective ‘Jones’

For Those in Peril - Paul Wright

Dummy Jim - Matt Hulse

Mister John - Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy

Svengali – John Hardwick

A Long Way from Home - Virginia Gilbert

The Sea - Stephen Brown

Leviathan - Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel (Documentary)

Uwantme2killhim? - Andrew Douglas

We Are the Freaks - Justin Edgar

Not Another Happy Ending - John McKay (the Closing Gala film)

The award (which last year went to Penny Woolcock’s documentary One Mile Away) will be judged by an international jury. The award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film will also be awarded from films within this selection.

But that is not all for British talent. For example, there will be a special screening of the feature film Hawking, for which filmmaker Stephen Finnigan was given unprecedented access to the world’s most famous living physicist, Stephen Hawking. Scottish documentary I Am Breathing by Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon, which tells the true story of Neil Platt following his diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease just months after the birth of his son will screen in the festival ahead of MND Global Awareness Day on Friday 21 June.

Lovers of a good crime drama will get the chance to see the first two episodes of BBC Two’s Peaky Blinders on the big screen. The drama is set in the lawless streets of post-war Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s and starrs Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Sam Neill.

To see more UK productions screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, including shorts, documentaries and animations, click here.