Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Every August, Edinburgh is jammed to the gills with visitors attending any number of interlinked festivals. A literary festival, a musical festival, the infamous fringe... of course, a film festival.

From next year, this is set for a shake up. The Edinburgh Film Festival is being brought forward a couple of months, into June.

For various sentimental reasons I feel funny about this plan, but it is probably a very good idea in reality. Falling in August, the festival has been too close to Toronto and Venice, and has surely lost many big premieres to the two of them. It will even be somewhat overshadowed at home - for many the only Edinburgh festival is the fringe.

Until next year's inaugral June selection, we won't know for sure how this will pay off - or not - but my hunch is that we might see a sharp upswing in the festival's relevance, media covergae, exciting bookings and attendance figures. But hopefully not the prices too.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Grand Designs meets An Inconvenient Truth...

Building a house out of beer cans and plastic bottles sounds like a nice, carbon-neutral idea, but how stable is it going to be?

Living in the middle of the New Mexico desert without electricity, gas or water supplies does save on the bills, but how can you rely on the elements to provide for you? These are the kind of questions that keep architect Michael Reynolds up at night.

With a passion for experimenting with architecture to increase quality of life, Reynolds boldly sets forth (in colourful language) his vision for housing that utilises the planet's natural resources without adding to the environmental catastrophe that is global warming. British director Oliver Hodge is on hand to capture Reynolds' crusade - including clashes with the New Mexico authorities, and successful experimentation in the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami. His sustainable houses may be called 'earthships', but Reynolds has his feet firmly on the ground.

At the Edinburgh Internatinal Film Festival:
Sun 19 Aug, 19:10
Mon 20 Aug, 19:30