EIFF launches its 2010 programme

This article is from 2010

EIFF launches its 2010 programme

The Illusionist

On the miserable wet morning of Tue 1 June at Filmhouse in Edinburgh, the good the bad and the ugly of Scottish media gathered in surprising numbers for the later-than-usual-launch of the Edinburgh International Film Festival's 2010 programme. In previous years the festival has launched in mid May but this year the programme launch comes into line with most other European film festivals by happening just two weeks before the opening gala, a move that allows for a greater number of late additions to the programme. This move brought a good turnout for such a dreich day.

After a brief thank you to supporters of the festival in which The List was welcomed as a returning media partner, artistic director Hannah McGill and her deputy Diane Henderson took to the stage to announce a healthy sounding programme. Highlights announced included animated Edinburgh set opening gala The Illusionist, Werner Herzog and David Lynch's collaboration My Son My Son What Have Ye Done? Rafi Pitts’ cop killer thriller The Hunter. Steven Soderbergh's And Everything is Going Fine and Bernard Rose's adaptation of Howard Marks' autobiography Mr Nice among others. There are 22 world premieres in all in this the 64th programme.

The tasty sounding retrospective After the Wave: Lost and Forgotten British Cinema 1967-1979 includes some genuine retro discoveries including Ken Russell's saucy Savage Messiah, Barney Platt Mills' middle class angst fest Private Road, Peter Watkins' Privilege and Mike Hodges massively underatted Pulp.

A 20 minute show reel followed the announcements and everyone filed out eager to leaf through their programmes. Check out the line up for yourself at www.list.co.uk/festival