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Big names and hidden gems at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

16 June 2015

Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off this week, with hundreds of brilliant movies being shown across the city over the following 12 days. There’s a huge variety of features to choose from, so if you don’t know where to start in this year’s programme, let us give you a couple of hints and tips - from the names drawing the biggest hype to those that you haven’t yet heard of… there’s something for everyone at this year’s Film Festival!

For kids

The big animation making its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival is Inside Out, the latest offering from Disney Pixar. This funny and charming movie goes inside the head of teenager Riley, and watches as her emotions unfold as she is forced to move to a new life in San Francisco.

Featuring an all-star cast including Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Kyle Maclachlan, this is bound to be a sure-fire crowd pleaser, with tickets bound to sell out fast!

Kids will also love the Dutch film Labyrinthus, which tells the story of Frikke, a teenager who finds a fascinating game that ‘captures’ people, animal and things from the real world.

It may not have the same calibre of familiar names in it as Inside Out, but its real-life/ animation hybrid style and fascinating storyline will be a treat for the whole family.


Amy is probably the most anticipated documentary of this year’s festival. Directed by Asif Kapadia, the man also behind Formula 1 driver biopic Senna, Amy follows the tragic story of jazz pop singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, from early childhood to her death in 2011.

The documentary has received lots of rave reviews already, so this is bound to be one of the hottest tickets in this year’s schedule.

If you fancy a music documentary that is a little more off the beaten track, then consider taking a look at Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream.

This film includes interviews from key figures from the Scottish post-punk/indie scene, and documents the movement through the late 70’s as is begins in the belly of Edinburgh and spreads throughout the UK and beyond.

Made in Scotland

The Legend Of Barney Thomson

EIFF’s opening gala film, The Legend of Barney Thomson, is the directorial debut of Robert Carlyle and was shot in location in Glasgow.

The film has attracted huge amounts of interest from the media and the wider public, and all the seats for this screening have already been sold out. However, if it is local settings and talent you are after, then there is plenty of features in the EIFF programme that are worth a look.

Scottish Mussel

Charming romantic comedy Scottish Mussel will have its World Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and tickets are already selling fast. The movie, set and filmed in the Highlands, follows a Glaswegian who illegally fishes pearls and falls for an English conservationist who is passionate about saving endangered mussels.

The film is written and directed by actress Talulah Riley, and stars familiar names such as Martin Compston, Joe Thomas, Harry Enfield, Rufus Hound and Russell Kane.


The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015 ends with the World Premiere of drama Iona, a coming-of-age story that is set in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. The movie tells the story of Iona, a woman named after the island of her birth who decides to return to her roots to seek refuge from violent crime in the city.

Directed by the talented Scott Graham, this film takes advantage of Scotland’s beautiful island scenery and weaves a tale that haunting and mesmerising. There are a small number of tickets left for this screening at the time of writing, so be quick if you want to secure your spot.

If you like the look of any of the films listed above, then be sure to head over and book your tickets on the Edinburgh International Film Festival website