Stars come out for film festival tribute to Burns

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Article Date: March 31, 2003 | Publication: Evening Times (Glasgow) | Author: Gerry Braiden
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SCOTLAND'S best young movie and TV talent are turning out for the launch of a film festival, which the organisers hope will go on to rival any other.

Sweet Sixteen star Martin Compston, Morven Callar's Kathleen McDermott, Gerry Butler, who appeared in Tomb Raider alongside Angelina Jolie, the Book Group's Rory McCann, Joe McFadden and star of Bad Girls Simone Lahbib, are backing the first annual Burns Film and TV Festival.

Hosting the event will be Scottish Passport's Kaye Adams and BAFTA Scotland Young Presenter of the Year Julyan Sinclair. Held in Ayr on the weekend of May 3 and 4, the inaugural Burns Festival will give anyone interested in film the chance to speak to some of the biggest Scots names in the business.

Among those on the weekend seminar programme are patron of the festival James Cosmo, director Peter Mullan, Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Karen Dunbar and David Hayman, while the teams behind Channel 4's Faking It and the Book Group, ITV's Club Reps, Footballers Wives and Bad Girls will talk about their TV roles.

There will also be a special appearance by the team behind Taggart, the UK's longest running detective series, which is celebrating 20 years at the top of the ITV ratings.

Festival director Beverley Morrison came up with the idea when she was inspired by the huge interest shown by young people wanting to work in the media.

Beverley, herself a Scottish TV producer from Ayr, said: "If Robert Burns were alive today, he'd undoubtedly be working in film and television.

"He was at his most creative as a young man and it's important to keep that tradition of creativity alive in Scotland. We've been overwhelmed by the response of Scotland's TV and film industry.

"We want the Burns Film and TV Festival to grow into an international annual event to rival any in the world. Who knows, it could be Scotland's answer to Cannes."

Julyan added: "For a fiver for the weekend, young film and TV fans will get to hear stars such as Greg Hemphill, Ford Kiernan, Peter Mullan and Karen Dunbar talk about how they got into the business, hear their views on what they're doing now and plan to do."

gerry.braiden@eveningtimes.co.uk