Jonathan Melville: More focus on Scots films

James McAvoy. Pic: Comp
James McAvoy. Pic: Comp
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A LOOK around the listings of Edinburgh’s many cinemas this week shows something very odd: Scottish films are everywhere.

Better still, they’re all worth watching. Filth is of course the daddy of them all, the latest Irvine Welsh topping the Scottish box office at the weekend to ensure James McAvoy’s Edinburgh copper became everybody’s favourite figure of hate (with a bit of pity thrown in for good measure).

From tomorrow there’s also a chance to see Sunshine on Leith, which is the perfect antidote to Filth. Both films will make you laugh, but in very different ways. While the latter will make you unsure whether you should be smiling, Sunshine is meant to make you grin.

There’s also a smaller Scottish film, For Those In Peril, which tells of a small community’s reaction to a disaster at sea. It stars Sunshine’s Gary Mackay and the fantastic Kate Dickie and appeals to yet more emotions. This is no laughing matter.

Finally, the classic horror, The Wicker Man, has been showing at a few local cinemas and makes a transfer to Filmhouse on 21 October. Starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee, it’s an unforgettable journey that can’t be missed.

Can this run of good luck be maintained by films made in Scotland? Funding for titles such as Filth is never easy, as can be seen from the numerous funders whose names are at the front of the picture.

Until the Scottish Government puts more cash into an industry that lags behind most of Europe, we’ll continue to have the occasional success story while the rest of the world is able to depict itself on screen and see themselves looking back at them.

Until then, Scotland can keep watching everyone else’s films instead.


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