Edinburgh International Film Festival:
Actor Richard E Grant breezed into the Edinburgh Filmhouse today to promote his part in this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.
He was in the city to talk about his career and promote his role in the black comedy How To Get Ahead In Advertising.
He made his name in the now now-iconic Withnail & I and since then has appeared in many critically acclaimed films.
These range from independent projects to Hollywood blockbusters, including The Age of Innocence, Gosford Park, LA Story, The Player, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and, most recently, Jackie.
He first attended EIFF as a then-unknown actor for the premiere of Withnail & I in 1987, before returning for the EIFF Opening Gala of his directorial debut Wah Wah in 2005.
Edinburgh native Ewen Bremner (Wonder Woman, T2 Trainspotting, No Song to Sing) also returned to the Festival for a special In Person event as part of the Youth Hub programme, along with the World Premiere of The Dark Mile, in which Bremner’s daughter, Harmony Rose Bremner stars. Bremner also produced short, No Song to Sing, which will screen as part of the Festival’s dedicated Shorts strand.
Other notable guests gracing the Festival include EIFF 2015 Michael Powell juror, Ian Hart (God’s Own Country, Modern Life is Rubbish); award-winning director Mark Kidel (Becoming Cary Grant); Director Rupert Evans (Kaleidoscope); actress Ana Ularu (The Marker, Index Zero, The Man Who Was Thursday); actor Ralph Ineson (Sherlock, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Game of Thrones); artist Andy Goldsworthy (Leaning into the Wind); actress Ella Purnell (Access All Areas); writer and director Aisling Walsh (Maudie); actor Kevin Guthrie (Edie, Whisky Galore, Dunkirk); actress Emily Beecham (Daphne), Toby Jones (Kaleidoscope, Alice Through the Looking Glass); and Paul Brannigan (The Dark Mile, Edie); along with previously announced guests including Trudie Styler, Juliet Stevenson, Oliver Stone, Shauna Macdonald, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Stanley Tucci, Josh O’Connor, Alex Secareanu, Ian Hart, Gemma Jones, Francis Lee, Jack Lowden (returning to the Festival after EIFF 2016 Opening Gala Tommy’s Honour), Jessica Brown Findlay, Laurie Kynaston and Mark Gill.
In Person Events
Previously announced In Person events, include Kyra Sedgwick marking her directorial debut for Story of a Girl, along with the film’s star Kevin Bacon. They will also take part in a special Q&A after the screening of The Woodsman in which they both star.
Also taking part, apart from Richard E Grant, are award-winning composer David Arnold (Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Independence Day); acclaimed film, television and stage actor Bernard Hill (Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Boys from the Blackstuff); director Lizzie Borden (Born in Flames); actor, screenwriter and director (and perfumier!) and Academy Award-nominated actor, director and producer Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, The Hunger Games), whose labour-of-love film Final Portrait (Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer) will receive its UK Premiere at the Festival.
Diane Henderson, EIFF deputy artistic director said: “EIFF continues to be an important hub for Scottish, UK and international filmmakers and we’re honoured to be hosting so many talented guests from around the world in the Festival’s special anniversary year.”