Edinburgh International Film Festival announces 'Under the Radar' events

  • List.co.uk
  • 28 April 2008

This article is from 2008

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced a new strand entitled Under the Radar.

This new section, said a Festival statement, 'will celebrate the true spirit of ‘cult’ film and will screen six feature films including two World, two International and two UK premieres'.

The Festival's artistic director Hannah McGill said: 'The term ‘cult cinema’ has become mere marketing-speak in recent years. With this new section, we want to re-animate the spirit of the truly cult-worthy ‘midnight movie’, by showing films that take real risks with their ideas, their aesthetic choices and their humour.

'(These films) are highly appropriate discoveries for a festival that has in the past welcomed many of the great cult innovators, among them Sam Fuller, John Waters, George Romero and Roger Corman.'

The films in this section are:

Crack Willow, directed by local Edinburgh College of Art graduate Martin Radich.

Bigga Than Ben: A Russians’ Guide To Ripping Off London, directed by S A Halewood and featuing music by Pete Doherty and Joe Strummer.

Spike, a horror-cum-romance from US director Robert Beaucage which overturns genre conventions to explore the darker side of fairytale mythology.

Blood Car, the horror debut of US director Alex Orr.

Strange Girls, the debut feature from US director Rona Mark, which explores the dark side of female relationships.

The Third Pint, an experimental travelogue shot on Super 8 by Argentinian director Luciano Podcaminsky.

The festival runs from 15-29 June. More information can be found at www.edfilmfest.org.uk/