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Mullan in first Burns Film Festival

Category: Misc./General Career News
Article Date: March 30, 2003 | Publication: Sunday Herald | Author: Darran Gardner

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NEW Scottish film festival to be held in Ayr will be launched this week.
The Burns Film and TV Festival will be aimed at young people interested in working in Scotland's media industry. The event, part of the town's two-week Burns An' A' That festival in May, will feature special screenings, workshops and talks by leading UK film and television figures.

Staged in venues around Burns Statue Square in Ayr -- the Odeon Cinema, the Station Hotel and the Gaiety Theatre -- the weekend programme on May 3 and 4, will include seminars by director Peter Mullan, actor James Cosmo, comedians Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill and Karen Dunbar, actor/director David Hayman, and director Vadim Jean. 'We've been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response of Scotland's television and film industry,' said festival director Beverley Morrison. 'Everyone we've approached is really supportive .'

Morrison, a Scottish TV producer from Ayr, came up with the idea of the festival because of the huge interest shown by young people wanting to work in the media.

'If Robert Burns were alive today, he'd undoubtedly be working in film or television,' she added . 'He was at his most creative as a young man and it's important to keep that tradition of creativity alive in Scotland today.'

Festival producer, Heather Curley, has already managed to attract some of the UK's top TV production teams to the two-day event. Among those attending are the producers of Channel 4's Faking It, ITV's Club Reps, Channel Four's The Book Group, and STV's Moviejuice.

At tomorrow's official launch of the festival, Scottish Television will feature a number of young Scottish actors including Gerry Butler, Rory McCann, Simone Lahbib, Martin Compston, and Kathleen McDermott.

The festival's principal sponsors are Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire, Scottish Television, Ayrshire and Arran tourist board and Beautifully Blue. The festival is still seeking sponsors for individual workshops.

2002 smg sunday newspapers ltd.


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