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2008-08-19 15:00:57

By Tin Cornwell EVENTS supremo Peter Irvine celebrated his birthday in the woods above Tyninghame Beach at the weekend. The invitations said simply A Summer Party, with no indication of whose, and the discreet signs to the East Lothian beach path read, cryptically, 21:48. That was the time at which the August full moon rose. There was a studied casualness to the affair. Burning torches lit the beach path, but it was bring-your-own-bottle, with chairs arranged around marquees and a dance...

2008-08-19 12:00:35

By Senay Boztas 'Best work' goes unseen while giant blockbusters thrive Brian Cox, the Emmy-winning actor, criticised the film industry yesterday for failing to push independent movies, and spoke of his fear that his "best work" may go unrecognised. Cox, who starred in the Bourne trilogy and created Hannibal Lecter on the screen before Anthony Hopkins, in 'Manhunter', is promoting his latest film at Tilda Swinton's alternative film festival in Nairn this week, in the hope of attracting...

2008-08-18 15:00:43

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT NO GOWNS, no tuxedos and fairy cakes being handed out at the grand opening. It was plain to see that the opening yesterday of the world's first "hand-knitted" film festival was a far cry from the usual Hollywood glamour. Indeed, before now the only connection Nairn - which is hosting the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams Festival - had to Hollywood was the fact that Charlie Chaplin used to holiday regularly at the town's Newton Hotel. But that was...

2008-08-15 06:00:27

By JOHN ROSS WITH no red carpet, paparazzi or glitzy after-show party, and not even a cinema, Scotland's latest film festival is by no means conventional. The first Nairn film festival, founded by Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, launches today, showing an offbeat mix of classic, unusual and obscure films - in a former ballroom. Entry is GBP 3 - or free if you bring a tray of home-baked cakes - and the audience will sit on beanbags. The idea for a festival on the Moray Firth...

2008-08-15 06:00:27

By John Ross WITH no red carpet, paparazzi or glitzy after-show party, and not even a cinema, Scotland's latest film festival is by no means conventional. The first Nairn Film Festival, founded by Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, launches today, showing an offbeat mix of classic, unusual and obscure films - in a former ballroom. Entry is GBP 3 - or free if you bring a tray of home-baked cakes - and the audience will sit on beanbags. The idea for a festival on the Moray Firth came...

2008-08-14 15:00:41

By Teddy Jamieson I SUSPECT the one-page programme for The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams was artfully designed to look like it's been thrown together, rather than actually being just thrown together. (The fact there's a John Byrne poster on the back cover might be a bit of a giveaway. ) But this mini film festival, which begins tomorrow in Nairn, is a true labour of love. "We hope our festival acts as an indispensable reminder that cinema exists outside of the multiplex and is not...

2008-08-02 09:00:17

By Susan Mansfield It's long been overshadowed as a festival city, but things are finally looking up in Aberdeen, writes SUSAN MANSFIELD IN ONE OF SCOTLAND'S BIG CITIES, A festival is just beginning. Performers and pamphleteers mingle in the streets with bemused locals who scratch their heads and say "Is it this time of year again?" Theatres large and small prepare for shows, from eager young theatre companies to glitzy international concerts. Welcome to ... Aberdeen. Every year, the...

2008-07-21 12:00:51

By PHIL MILLER ARTS CORRESPONDENT SCOTLAND'S new Highland-based film festival unveiled its inaugural programme yesterday which is dominated by classic and cult films overlooked in recent years. The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams festival in Nairn is a collaboration between Oscar winning actress Tilda Swinton, who lives in the Highland town, and Mark Cousins, the film critic and former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It will be based in an old Victorian...

2008-07-08 15:00:33

ACTOR Robert Carlyle has been confirmed as a patron of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The Trainspotting star was invited by Sir Sean Connery to join him and Tilda Swinton, the festival's two other patrons, at the close of this year's event. He said: "It was a great honour to be asked by Sir Sean, and I am delighted to become a patron of the EIFF - a festival that showcases the best of Scottish, British and international filmmaking." Artistic director Hannah McGill added:...

2008-06-27 12:02:43

By PHIL MILLER ARTS CORRESPONDENT WANTED, the Hollywood picture based on the comic books of leading Scottish writer Mark Millar, received its UK premiere in Glasgow last night. The film, which stars Scots actor James McAvoy as well as Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, is a special-effects-laden action movie that has received warm reviews and comparisons to The Matrix. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the movie is based on the comics written by Millar, from Coatbridge, one of the most...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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