Screenplay 2017 Programme

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25 August - 3 September 2017


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Contents Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p3 The Screen Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p4 Drama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p5 One-off: Hillsborough . . . . . . . . . . . . p11 Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p12 Fur & Feathers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p16


Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p20 Home Made . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p22 Talks & Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . p26 First Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p28 One-off: Terminator 2 3D . . . . . . . . p31 Fun & Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p32 Outreach & Education . . . . . . . . . . p34 Look North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p36 One-off: Some Like It Hot . . . . . . . p39

Booking  Mareel  01595 745500 

Venues Mareel, Lerwick Shetland Islands Council

Hillswick Hall, Hillswick Symbister Hall, Whalsay Mid Yell Hall, Yell


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Reserved Seating Feedback from last year’s festival audience indicated that you would like to be able to reserve seats as per the usual cinema seat booking procedure. Happy to oblige! Seats can be reserved on booking this year.

No Trailers Please note that all films start at the scheduled screening time, without the usual adverts and trailers. You may get an occasional short film ‘bonus’ but the times shown will include this.

On behalf of Shetland Arts, welcome to this, our eleventh Screenplay Film Festival. Once more we have an absolutely packed programme of screenings and events for you, so get into training now… it’s going to be a busy nine days. There are quite a lot of ‘firsts’ happening this year – a focus on first features, a visit from the British Board of Film Classification, and a singalong screening of Sunshine on Leith. You sang it here first! We have some wonderful guests: the amazing Bill Nighy and George MacKay will be visiting, as well as debut feature director Hope Dickson Leach. This year we are also thrilled to have the legendary Hillsborough campaigner Professor Phil Scraton coming to do a Q&A. We have some emerging filmmakers visiting and we hope that you will give them your support – making your first feature film is one thing: getting it on to cinema screens can sometimes be even harder. Screenplay audiences have always been supportive of new filmmakers, and we know you’ll welcome them. We are quietly – in fact, loudly – confident that you are going to enjoy this year’s bumper crop of Shetland-made films in the various Home Made screenings. Every year the breadth and the quality just get better – and there are more folk ‘having a go’. Long may that continue. This year we are enjoying an exchange with filmmakers from Prince Edward Island in Canada (we wonder what they will make of Curse of the Bruck Monster?). Along with our regular Look North films we have a new theme this year: Fur and Feathers. Dogs, cats, eagles… and a special donkey. What’s not to love? As usual there is a wide range of family films from the best of world cinema, and this year, another first: science fiction. Arnie is back, and this time he is in 3D. There are workshops, lectures and the usual anarchic Film Quiz – maybe you should all just bring your sleeping bags because you’ll hardly be going home. To get you in the mood, come and join us for the annual ‘walk down’ from the Market Cross on the opening morning. We are very grateful for the support of the organisations, community groups, businesses and individuals without whose generosity, either financially or in sheer energy, this festival could not happen. And a big shout-out goes to our Screenplay Volunteer Army. You are the bee’s knees. Mark Kermode, Linda Ruth Williams & Kathy Hubbard

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The Screen Team

Meet the Screen Team... Mark Kermode Mark Kermode is chief film critic for The Observer, and co-presenter of Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review on BBC Radio 5Live. He is also resident film critic for The Film Review on the BBC News Channel, and a contributor to Sight and Sound magazine. He is the author of several books on film criticism, including The Good, the Bad & The Multiplex and Hatchet Job. He has made documentaries for both the BBC and Channel 4, including The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist and Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature. He plays double bass in The Dodge Brothers, a skiffle and blues band who perform live musical accompaniment to silent cinema with pianist Neil Brand.

Linda Ruth Williams Having worked at Southampton University for many years, Linda Ruth Williams has just taken the job of Professor of Film at Exeter University, which she starts on 1 September – whilst she is in Shetland co-curating Screenplay! She is also about to start the final year of one of the most impactful and detailed accounts of the current British Film industry – the AHRC Funded project, Calling the Shots: Women in Contemporary UK Film Culture 2000-2015, which is tracking all the women who have worked in British films since 2003 in forensic detail, and conducting interviews with fifty of them.

Kathy Hubbard Kathy was formerly Head of Development at Shetland Arts. She retired in 2014 but has continued as Screenplay Festival Director, co-curating the programme with Mark and Linda. Once again her obsessions have betrayed her, this year in the ‘Look North’ and ‘Fur and Feathers’ themes. She is also a passionate advocate for children and young people’s rights to see top quality international cinema as well as the usual blockbuster fare. She may really retire one day, but, for now, the staff at Shetland Arts just hoover around her.

Cara McDiarmid After co-founding the youth filmmaking group Maddrim Media, Cara has spent the last 11 years working at Screenplay in many different guises, whilst developing youth arts opportunities for young people in Shetland and visiting film festivals across the world. She is very excited to be reprising her role as volunteer co-ordinator for the festival, and as a huge fan of animation, she is looking forward to the amazing selection at Screenplay this year.

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The Levelling UK | 2016 | 15 | 120m | Inc. Q&A Dir. Hope Dickson Leach Starring: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden Fri 1 Sep

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Debut feature by Hope Dickson Leach. Somerset, England. Trainee veterinarian Clover Catto returns to the farm where she grew up after hearing news that her brother Harry has died in what appears to be a suicide. Finding the family home in a state of disrepair following the 2014 floods that devastated the area, Clover is forced to confront her father Aubrey – about the farm, the livestock and, crucially, the details surrounding Harry’s death. As the funeral approaches, her discoveries send Clover on an emotional journey of reckoning – with her family, her childhood and herself. One of curator Mark Kermode’s Films of the Week; he wrote in The Observer that “... there is such life and compassion in every frame that the film’s tune turns to a song of love. Plaudits to Kendrick and Troughton for playing these strained family ties with such sincerity and grace. As for Dickson Leach, she was cited as a Star of Tomorrow by Screen International


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way back in 2007 on the strength of The Dawn Chorus. With this tremendous first feature, her moment has finally arrived.” There will be a Q&A with Hope Dickson Leach after the film. We are very happy to welcome her to ScreenPlay. Hope Dickson Leach completed her MFA in filmmaking at Columbia University where she made three short films that played at festivals worldwide. While in New York she was assistant to Todd Solondz on his film Palindromes. Hope’s award-winning thesis film, The Dawn Chorus, was selected for Sundance, Edinburgh, London and many other festivals. Screen International made her a ‘Star of Tomorrow’ and Filmmaker Magazine named her one of the ‘25 New Faces of Independent Film’. Since her return to the UK, she has made further acclaimed short works for Channel 4, Film London, the UK Film Council and the National Theatre of Scotland. Her debut feature The Levelling, produced by Wellington Films as part the iFeatures scheme (funded by BBC Films, the BFI and Creative England) had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016 and was released in the UK in spring 2017 to critical acclaim. At the London Film Festival she was awarded the inaugural IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award in Association with the BFI. She is currently developing several new features and is a co-founder of Raising Films – a campaign to make the film industry more parent-friendly. She lives in Scotland with her husband and two sons.


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UK | 2014 | 15 | 150m | Inc. Q&A Dir. Matthew Warchus Starring: Bill Nighy, George MacKay, Imelda Staunton Thu 31 Aug


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It’s the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a minibus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership. There will be a Q&A with George MacKay after the screening.

British actor George MacKay is considered one of the UK’s most exciting young talents, with a career spanning film, television and theatre. His film career began at the age of ten, playing the role of Curly in P J Hogan’s Peter Pan. He has since forged a significant filmography and acquired a host of awards and nominations, including, most recently, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the prestigious Chopard Trophy, which is awarded to a rising actor. George’s impressive list of film credits includes leading roles in Private Peaceful (2012), For Those in Peril (2013), for which he won a Scottish BAFTA, How I Live Now (2013), Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson (2013), Sunshine on Leith (2013) and Pride (2014), both screening during this festival, and Captain Fantastic (2015).


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His television work includes Best of Men (2012), The Old Curiosity Shop (2007), Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006), The Outcast (2015) and the BBC drama adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s novel, Johnny and the Bomb (2016). George made his theatre debut in 2014 in Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden; he has also appeared in Eugene O’Neil’s Ah, Wilderness, and Pinter’s The Caretaker. He is currently filming the role of Hamlet in the forthcoming Ophelia. He will also be starring in Marrowbone, and in Amma Asante’s Where Hands Touch, also due for release soon. We’re thrilled to welcome him to ScreenPlay. Shetland Arts would like to thank UNISON for its support of this event.

Sunshine on Leith – Singalong! UK | 2013 | PG | 120m | Inc. introduction with George MacKay Dir. Dexter Fletcher Starring: George MacKay, Paul Brannigan, Jane Horrocks, Kevin Guthrie Sat 2 Sep


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Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by Scottish band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to resume a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. We thought we would take advantage of the presence at Screenplay of one of its stars, George MacKay, and invite him to come and sing along with us to the popular hits that are featured in the film. So come prepared to belt out ‘500 Hundred Miles’ and lots of other Proclaimers’ songs – and make us proud...

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The Limehouse Golem UK | 2017 | 15 | 150m | Inc. Q&A Dir. Juan Carlos Medina Producers: Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen, Joanna Laurie Starring: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth, Sam Reid Sat 2 Sep


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Shetland Arts is delighted to welcome Bill Nighy to Screenplay, and the film will be followed by a Q&A with Bill and with an old friend of ScreenPlay, producer Stephen Woolley. £11 / £9

London 1880. In the dangerous Limehouse district, a series of murders has shaken the community. So monstrous and ruthless are these crimes that the press claim they are the work of The Golem – a legendary creature from dark times.

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Based on Peter Ackroyd’s best-selling novel ‘Dan Leno And The Limehouse Golem’, this dark thriller stars Bill Nighy as Scotland Yard detective John Kildare, who has been fruitlessly hunting the perpetrator of the gory crimes. When a music hall actress’ husband dies from poisoning, his investigations take a different turn as he fights to save her from the gallows.




Bill Nighy has enjoyed an illustrious career as an award-winning actor of the stage and screen. Amongst others, Nighy has received a BAFTA Award, a London Critics Circle Award and an Evening Standard British Film Award. His incredible list of film credits includes Still Crazy (1998), The Constant Gardner (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Valkyrie (2008) with Tom Cruise, Richard Curtis’ Pirate Radio (2009), Wild Target (2010) with Rupert Grint and Emily Blunt, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and its sequel in 2015 (Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and the hugely popular Dad’s Army (2016) with Michael Gambon and Toby Jones. Nighy was unrecognisable as the tentacled pirate captain Davy Jones in Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End (2007). He also played the role of Minister Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One (2010). In 2014 he starred alongside Imelda Staunton and George MacKay in Pride, also showing at Screenplay this year. More recently he was described as being on ‘irresistible form’ (Daily Express) in Their Finest, which screened recently at Mareel. The Limehouse Golem premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last autumn. Audiences can expect to see Nighy in the forthcoming The Bookshop, Heidi: Queen of the Mountain and Triple Word Score, all of which will be released soon. Nighy has also had a career on the stage, and his television work includes Page Eight (2012), The Worricker Trilogy (2014), Turks and Caicos (2014), Salting the Battlefield (2014) and State of Play (2003) for which he won a BAFTA.



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Stephen Woolley is one of British cinema’s most respected independent producers, having produced over 65 films during an esteemed three-decade long career. Some of his many successes include The Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, Scandal, The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, Backbeat, Little Voice, Made in Dagenham and Carol. Woolley began his career at The Screen On The Green, Islington in 1976. He went on to run and own both the infamous Scala Cinema in Kings Cross as well as distribution company Palace Pictures with Nik Powell, successfully distributing films from the likes of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach as well as hits like Paris, Texas, When Harry Met Sally and The Evil Dead. He has been Oscar nominated, is a BAFTA winner, and the winner of the prestigious Producers Guild of America Award. Woolley currently partners Number 9 Films with Elizabeth Karlsen. His latest productions include WW2 drama Their Finest, starring Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton, and The Limehouse Golem, written by Jane Goldman and also starring Bill Nighy. Number 9’s upcoming productions include the Ian McEwan novel On Chesil Beach, starring Saoirse Ronan, and Colette, starring Keira Knightley.

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Soul Song UK | 2017 | 15 | 45m | Inc. Skype interview with the director Lucy Catherine Written and directed by Lucy Catherine Produced by Kerri Trounce Starring: Charlotte Dubery and Wilkie Branson Sat 2 Sep


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Frustrated with her eternal role taking departed souls to their final resting place, Death heads for the land of the living and falls in love, with horrifying consequences. Soul Song is a supernatural art house horror about how far we will go to create a connection. It is a dark film about love, landscape, the cycles of life, death and passion. About how we find people, invent who we want them to be, and lose them. It is a visually stunning and tense cinematic film, with an atmospheric, beautiful and moving story at its heart, exploring the craving we all have, to feel alive.

Lucy Catherine is an experienced and awardwinning writer who has created many original stories for screen, radio and stage and has a particular love of the supernatural/horror genre. During her twenty-year career Lucy has worked with many top writers, producers and directors. Lucy trained in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts and has directed stage work at The Bristol Old Vic and The Tobacco Factory amongst other venues. She has developed a number of original dramas for television and written for successful primetime television series such as Being Human, Musketeers and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man. She has also been commissioned to write several feature films. Her feature script In the Dark Half was the first film to be produced by Creative England’s iFeatures scheme. Currently Lucy is AT HERI N developing a number of new CY C E LU projects for the big and small screen both in the UK and internationally. There will be a Skype Q&A with the director after the screening.



Hillsborough UK | 2014 | 12A | 150m | Inc. Q&A with Phil Scraton Dir. Daniel Gordon Sun 3 Sep


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Documentary. On 15 April 1989, at an FA Cup SemiFinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest held at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, a fatal crush on the terraces led to the death of 96 men, women and children and hundreds of serious injuries. Within days the police and press blamed drunkenness, ticketlessness and aggressive behaviour by Liverpool fans. Despite a public inquiry and the longest inquests in legal history, it took over two decades to exonerate the fans and detail deficient policing, neglectful safety measures and inadequate emergency response. Following a 27 year campaign by bereaved families and survivors new inquests exonerated the fans and returned a verdict of unlawful killing directed at the police and the institutions involved. The Hillsborough disaster represents one of the longest and most painful fights for justice in British legal history.

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Daniel Gordon’s BAFTA winning film meticulously and powerfully presents the true story of how families and campaigners fought for final vindication of those who had suffered on that day. Professor Phil Scraton, factual consultant for this film, headed the research of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, was primary author of its ground-breaking 2012 Report, and his work was central in revealing the cause of the disaster and in exposing the cover-up over three decades. He is the author of the definitive account of the disaster ‘Hillsborough: The Truth’. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Phil Scraton. Shetland Arts would like to thank Amnesty International Shetland for its support of this event.

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My Life as a Courgette Switzerland/France | 2016 | PG | 70m | Dubbed Dir. Claude Barras Voiced by: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud Sat 26 Aug Sat 26 Aug Mon 28 Aug Tue 29 Aug Fri 1 Sep Sun 3 Sep

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Courgette is not a vegetable, but a brave little boy. When he loses his mother, he believes he is alone in the world. But Courgette is befriended by police officer Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other children his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this strange,

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at times hostile, environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and that of the care workers, Courgette eventually learns to trust his new friends Simon, Ahmed, Jujube, Alice and Béatrice, all scarred by painful experiences, yet all so sweet. And then there is Camille... Having a group of friends, falling in love – how many things to discover and learn at 10 years old? And, why not even... being happy? Writing in The Observer, Screenplay curator Mark Kermode was full of praise for this film. “... This tale of resilient children surviving abuse and abandonment may sound tough and unpalatable. Yet despite the spectre of parental alcoholism, drug addiction and worse, this beautifully tender and empathetic film addresses kids and adults alike in clear and compassionate tones that span – and perhaps heal – generations”.


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& the City of a Thousand Planets

India | 2015 | PG | 110m | Subtitled

France/USA | 2017 | 12A | 140m

Dir. Nagesh Kukunoor Starring: Krrish Chhabria, Hetal Gada, Vipin Sharma

Dir. Luc Besson Starring: Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen

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Rainbow is an uplifting fable set in Rajasthan, about the relationship between 10 year old Pari and her 8 year old brother Chotu. Having lost their parents to an accident at a very early age, they live with their uncle and aunt. Chotu is blind but he is anything but sad: he is a cheerful ‘smart-ass’, precocious and quick-witted. Pari acts as his eyes and is his best friend. She has promised Chotu that he will be able to see by the time he turns 9, and as always, Chotu believes her unconditionally. But the family cannot afford the operation. When Pari sees that her screen hero, Sharukh Khan, is championing treatment for the blind, she becomes convinced that he can help her keep her promise to Chotu. The pair set off to find him, on a journey that will change their lives forever. This is a heartwarming story that has been feted at film festivals around the world, and we are delighted to be able to show it at Screenplay.

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A new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional and The Fifth Element, based on the comic book series that inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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Shorts For Wee Ones Various countries | 2016 | U | 50m | Mostly dialogue free Various directors Sat 26 Aug 13:15 Mon 28 Aug 17:00 Sat 2 Sep 14:00

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A collection of short films for a younger audience, chosen by the Dundee Discovery Film Festival for Children and Young People. Featuring films from around the world, this is sure to delight. There’s a little mouse quietly obsessed with cleanliness, a thrilling high-speed bicycle chase through a French port, a reindeer dodging endless avalanches in a little cabin in the woods, and more (our favourite is a group of pitch-perfect singing piggies!). Most of these films are dialogue free and are accessible to everyone.

Shorts For Middle Ones Various countries | 2016 | PG | 60m | English, Japanese (subtitled) or dialogue-free Various directors Mon 28 Aug 18:15 Sat 2 Sep 10:45

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A collection of short films chosen by the Dundee Discovery Film Festival for Children and Young People, designed to appeal to children aged 8 and over. There is the story of the little boy who has a lifelong dream of living in the sea, an AustralianJapanese family learning to cope with the clash of two cultures, an animated cautionary tale for persistent worriers, what happens when you take selfies when visiting a new planet, and more. Most of the films are dialogue-free, although there is some subtitling in the film about the Japanese family in order to assist the storytelling.


Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants France/Belgium | 2013 | U | 95m | No dialogue Dirs. Thomas Szabo, Hélène Giraud Tue 29 Aug Thu 31 Aug Thu 31 Aug Fri 1 Sep Sat 2 Sep Sat 2 Sep Sun 3 Sep

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An epic adventure based on the friendship between a plucky ladybird and a band of black ants. When they discover a tin of sugar lumps left over from a deserted picnic, it will take all their guile to get their treasure back to their anthill, whilst coming under attack from an army of rival red ants who want the sugary prize for themselves. This is just one example of high quality films for young audiences which do not appear in bestseller lists, simply because their marketing budgets cannot match those of Disney or Pixar. But Screenplay believes that children should get an opportunity to see and enjoy them. Come and be immersed in a fantastic journey with wonderful characters, exquisitely animated, with no spoken dialogue, so no need for subtitles. Guaranteed to make you smile.

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The Red Turtle France/Belgium/Japan | 2016 | PG | 85m | No dialogue Dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit Sat 26 Aug Sun 27 Aug Mon 28 Aug Tue 29 Aug Wed 30 Aug Sat 2 Sep

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A sailor is shipwrecked on a tropical island. Overcoming many challenges, his attempts to escape are thwarted by a mysterious creature who seems determined that he should not leave. What follows is a magical tale that recounts the milestones in the life of a human being. This beautifully animated film, a Studio Ghibli coproduction, has been captivating audiences all over the world. Screenplay Curator Mark Kermode loved it so much he made it one of his Films of the Week. Writing in The Observer he described it as “Eloquent, profound and moving, it left me with a heart full of bittersweet joy, a head dizzy with dreamy visions and cheeks wet from tears that rolled like waves on a distant beach”. Like Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants, this film has no dialogue. Just relax, watch and be enthralled!

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Donkeyote FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S CHOICE UK/Germany/Spain | 2017 | U | 105m | Subtitled | Inc. introduction with Sonja Henrici Dir. Chico Pereira Producers: Ingmar Trost, Sonja Henrici Starring: Manuel Molera Aparicio (‘Manolo’), and Gorrión the Donkey Sun 3 Sep

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Documentary. Manolo has a simple life in Southern Spain and two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión (‘Sparrow’), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk – in the US, the brutal 2200 mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey. Overcoming the small obstacle of shipping a donkey, Manolo’s chronic arthritis, a history of heart attacks, and Gorrión’s fear of water are just a few matters to take care of. As their adventure continues, Manolo’s wondrous friendship with his companions finds a beautiful equilibrium. Will they find the American West? More importantly, will they be able to see life as it is, and not as it should be? This lovely film will be introduced by Sonja Henrici from the Scottish Documentary Institute. Sonja Henrici joined the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) in 2004 where she works as Executive Producer. Her most recent film, Donkeyote by Chico Pereira, is circulating world-wide in festivals, and won EIFF’s Best Documentary Award. She is in the process of completing Time Trial, the debut feature by Finlay Pretsell. She was executive producer for new upcoming Scottish talents, such as Paul Fegan’s Where You’re Meant to Be (2016) and Felipe Bustos Sierra’s first feature Nae Pasaran (forthcoming). She has also written some fiction. Her previous filmography includes Seven Songs for a Long Life (2015), I Am Breathing (2013), Future My Love (2012), and Pablo’s Winter (2012).


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Tracie Hotchner’s New York Dog Film Festival USA | 2016 | PG | 75m | Brief subtitling Curator: Tracie Hotchner Various filmmakers Sat 26 Aug Sun 27 Aug Thu 31 Aug Sat 2 Sep

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Dogs have always wagged their way into Screenplay, and this year is no exception. The New York Dog Film Festival™ is a philanthropic celebration of the many ways that we can appreciate the human-canine bond. Tracie chooses short canine-themed films from around the world to create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains through documentary, animated and narrative films. With a New York City premiere every fall, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organisation that brings adoptable dogs to the cinema and receives a portion of the ticket sales.

Our favourite of the films she has included? Has to be Game of Bones... Tracie Hotchner is the Founder and Director of the NY Dog Film Festival™ and is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote ‘THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know’ and ‘THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know’. For over 7 years, she produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM. Tracie then created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she has become a premiere voice for pets and their people, producing and co-hosting CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts. Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont with Maisie and Wanda Hotchner, her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners. The NY Dog Film Festival 2016-17 is dedicated to the memory of Joan Rivers, quintessential pet lover and Tracie’s godmother.

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Furs&&Feathers Fur Feathers

Kedi Turkey/USA | 2017 | U | 85m | Subtitles Dir. Ceyda Torun Sat 26 Aug Mon 28 Aug Tue 29 Aug Thu 31 Aug Sun 3 Sep

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Dogs always feature in Screenplay... now it’s the turn of our feline friends!

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Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. This is the story of seven of them. For thousands of years the street cats have wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. Critics and internet cats agree — this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul. Or, as the Irish Times review puts it: “Truly, moggy, deeply in cat-crazy Istanbul.”

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The Eagle Huntress Mongolia | 2016 | U | 95m | Subtitled Dir. Otto Bell Starring: Aisholpan Nurgaive, Rys Nurgaive, Daisy Ridley Sun 27 Aug Tue 29 Aug Wed 30 Aug Thu 31 Aug Sun 3 Sep

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Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verité footage, the film captures her personal journey whilst also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity into lives imbued with tradition. Aisholpan has a lot to teach us about following our dreams; you will want to take this courageous, indomitable girl home with you.

This spellbinding documentary follows the story of Aisholpan, a 13 year old Mongolian girl and member of a nomadic tribe that hunt with eagles. Aisholpan fights to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family, in the face of opposition from the tribe elders, but with the support of her father.

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20 | Schedule

FRIDAY 25 AUGUST 19:00 – 1:00 19:30 – 22:15

Mixology at Mareel The Major Minor Cinema

Mareel Café Bar Free Hillswick Hall £7 / £5


10:00 – 10:30 11:00 – 12:10 11:15 – 12:40 11:30 – 13:30 12:45 – 14:00 13:15 – 14:05 14:30 – 16:15 14:45 – 16:10 16:45 – 17:55 16:45 – 18:15 18:30 – 20:30 18:45 – 21:05 21:00 – 22:35 21:30 – 23:20

Walk down from Market Cross Lerwick Free My Life as a Courgette Screen 1 £7 / £5 The Red Turtle Screen 2 £7 / £5 Creative Writing Workshop - Screen Memories Mareel Free Tracie Hotchner’s New York Dog Film Festival Screen 1 £6 / £4 Shorts For Wee Ones Screen 2 £5 / £3 In the Still of the Night Have We Wept Screen 1 Free Kedi Screen 2 £7 / £5 My Life as a Courgette Screen 2 £7 / £5 Home Made + Screen 1 £7 / £5 A Man Called Ove Screen 2 £9 / £7 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (3D) Screen 1 £10 / £8 The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Screen 2 £9 / £7 Retreat Screen 1 £10 / £8

SUNDAY 27 AUGUST 10.30 – 15.30 11.00 – 13.20 11:15 – 12:40 13:15 – 14:50 14:00 – 15.30 15:30 – 17:50 16:00 – 18:00 17.15 - 18:45 18:15 – 19:30 19:15 – 20:15 20:00 – 22:00 20:45 – 22:15

The Great Poster Giveaway Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets The Red Turtle The Eagle Huntress The Islands and the Whales Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Open Mic at Mareel Charlottetown Exchange Tracie Hotchner’s New York Dog Film Festival Weather the Storm A Man Called Ove Riverhead

MONDAY 28 AUGUST 13:00 – 14:10 14:00 – 15:25 14:30 – 16:30 16:30 – 17:55 17:00 – 17:50 18:00 – 19:30 18:15 – 19:15 19:00 – 20:30 19:00 – 21:20 20:00 – 22:00

My Life as a Courgette Kedi A Man Called Ove The Red Turtle Shorts for Wee Ones BBFC Lecture Shorts for Middle Ones The Islands and the Whales Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets My One and Only

TUESDAY 29 AUGUST 13:30 – 15:05 15:30 – 16:40 16:15 – 17:50 17:00 – 18:35 18:10 – 19:35 19:30 – 21:55 20:00 – 21:25

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki My Life as a Courgette Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants The Eagle Huntress The Red Turtle Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D Kedi

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| Fur & Feathers | Look North | Family | Drama | Outreach & Education | Fun & Games |

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WEDNESDAY 30 AUGUST 15:15 – 16:45 15:30 – 17:05 17:30 – 18:55 17:45 – 19:15 19:30 – 21:50 19:30 – 22:30 20:00 – 21:30

Charlottetown Exchange The Eagle Huntress The Red Turtle Home Made + Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Screenplay Film Quiz The Islands and the Whales

THURSDAY 31 AUGUST 13:30 – 15:05 15:15 – 16:50 15:45 – 17:00 17:30 – 19:05 17:30 – 18:55 19:00 – 20:35 19:30 – 21:50 19:45 – 22:15

The Eagle Huntress The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Tracie Hotchner’s New York Dog Film Festival Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants Kedi Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Pride

FRIDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 15:00 – 16:30 15:15 – 16:25 17:15 – 18:50 17:30 – 19:15 19:45 – 22:05 20:00 – 22:00

The Islands and the Whales My Life as a Courgette Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants Home Made 0-4 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets The Levelling

SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 10:30 – 12:05 10:45 – 11:45 12:15 – 13:30 12:30 – 13:40 14:00 – 14:50 14:30 – 16:30 15:15 – 17:15 17:15 – 18:50 17:45 – 19:10 19:30 – 22:00 20:00 – 21:35 22:30 – 23:10

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants Shorts for Middle Ones Tracie Hotchner’s New York Dog Film Festival 2 Film Poets Shorts for Wee Ones Sunshine on Leith – Singalong! A Man Called Ove Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants The Red Turtle The Limehouse Golem The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Soul Song


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Bridging the Gap Workshop Rainbow (Dhanak) Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants Young Film Quiz North Star My Life as a Courgette Hillsborough Kedi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Donkeyote The Eagle Huntress Some Like It Hot

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Home Made 0-4 Shetland | 2017 | PG | 105m | Introduced by the curators Various filmmakers Fri 1 Sep


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Easily the most eagerly anticipated event of the festival, we can’t wait to see what Shetlanders of all ages and abilities have to show on the big screen this year. The films will be no longer than four minutes and can be in any style, on any subject. Last year we had a bumper crop of live action and animated films from beginners and from the more experienced. What will you be bringing this time? Come and join us for a rambunctious celebration of local creativity! (And vote for your favourite whilst you’re there.)

Dialect Awards Shetland ForWirds have once again kindly offered prizes of £100 and £25 for the films with the most effective use of Shetland dialect. There are two age categories: 25 and under, and 26 and over. They can be awarded to any film using the dialect that is shown during Screenplay. The films will be judged by a panel and the winners will be announced at the end of the Home Made 0–4 screening. Thank you, Shetland ForWirds!

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Shetland | 2017 | PG | 90m | Introduced by the filmmakers Various filmmakers Sat 26 Aug 16:45 Wed 30 Aug 17:45

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An opportunity for the audience to see some longer short films by experienced Shetland filmmakers. Following the success of Ragnar last year, Stephen Mercer is back with two delightful films about Shetland children and their crofting passions, Ian’s Hens and Growing Up With Sheep. Liz Musser has made a cracking short film about the Shetland Reel, and Screenplay ‘regular’ J.J. Jamieson has some belters up his sleeve to delight you with. Come and support your local filmmakers.

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2 Film Poets

North Star

Shetland | 2017 | PG | 70m | Inc. Q&A

Shetland | 2017 | PG | 60m | Introduced by JJ Jamieson

Featuring: Bruce Eunson and Roseanne Watt Sat 2 Sep


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A welcome opportunity to spend an hour with two of Shetland’s most creative people, as they read their poetry and share their short films. Roseanne Watt is a poet, filmmaker and musician from Sandwick. She is in her third year of doctoral research for an AHRC funded project, titled ‘Aa My Mindin’, at the University of Stirling, as part of the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities. This involves the creation of a series of filmpoems and film-portraits investigating the cultural memory of Shetland, and the ways in which loss informs this identity. Outside of academia, Roseanne is poetry editor for the online literary magazine The Island Review, and one half of Edinburgh-based band Wulver. Bruce Eunson is a 31 year old Shetlander who lives on his father’s farm at Uradale, Scalloway. He has lived in Shetland all of his life, other than 5 years in Glasgow when studying English at the University of Strathclyde. He publishes poetry in Shetland dialect in the New Shetlander, as well as articles and stories written in dialect in the Shetland Life magazine. Bruce made his first film, Dis Quiet, for Screenplay 2014 and has continued making short films in Shetland dialect since then. The four short film poems he has made for this event were all written in dialect, featuring performances/narration from Matthew Simpson, Jennifer Leask and Kathy Hubbard. The films were shot and edited on iPhones and iPads.

Dir. JJ Jamieson Sun 3 Sep


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An affectionate look back at the cinema that used to stand on Harbour Street. JJ Jamieson has interviewed a host of individuals who either worked there or went as audience members. 100 Years before Mareel opened its doors, the place to be for Shetland’s music and movie lovers was The North Star. This charming and, at times, poignant documentary looks back over a century of stories told by staff and customers. Sure to bring a smile to your face, and a nostalgic tear to your een. Expect some surprises too. The main feature will be supported by some interesting short films. JJ Jamieson is a Sandwick based filmmaker, sound artist and musician, and a member of the band Bongshang. He has a fascination with local sound and imagery, and a keen interest in preserving local history on screen. He has undertaken commissions from a number of local agencies, AM I E SON JJ J including Shetland Amenity Trust (his films Havera and Curse of the Bruck Monster have been shown at past Screenplay festivals). JJ is also the projectionist at Mareel, and spends more time than is healthy for anyone stumbling around in the dark.

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In The Still Of The Night Have We Wept Shetland | 2017 | 12A | 105m | Inc. Q&A Original production directed by John Haswell Filmed by JJ Jamieson With Shetland Youth Theatre Sat 26 Aug 14:30 booking advised

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In May this year John Haswell directed the Shetland Youth Theatre in an intense and moving drama based on the poetry of World War I. Fortunately, JJ Jamieson filmed the production so that audiences get a second chance to experience it. In the programme notes at the time, John said: “I do not see war as one great tragedy. I see it as hundreds of thousands of individual stories and tragedies: of those that fight and experience the horror of combat; of those who are maimed; of those who lose a loved one; civilians in a destroyed village... I made a conscious decision to avoid the work of the

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best known poets (Owen, Sassoon, etc). The bulk of the work in the piece is poems written by two Shetlanders, Jack Peterson and Ben Morrison. I have also ‘imported’ some other poems (from England, America and Canada) that have a specific story to tell. Of these, the majority are by women, bringing a different viewpoint to the whole show.” This production, workshopped and developed by the cast along with John, is the response of young people in the 21st century to events of a century ago. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with John Haswell, Jon Sandison and members of Shetland Youth Theatre. John Haswell is one of the most experienced youth theatre directors in Scotland, and was the founder of both Shetland Youth Theatre and Borders Youth Theatre. He has also written many plays for these companies and is known for his theatrically innovative productions.

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Charlottetown Exchange Canada | 2017 | PG | 90m | Inc. intro Various filmmakers Sun 27 Aug 17:15 Wed 30 Aug 15:15

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A welcome addition to the Home Made strand – a programme of short films made by filmmakers from the Charlottetown Film Festival on Prince Edward Island, Canada. This year we are exchanging programmes of locally made films – we are very much looking forward to seeing them. Cheryl Wagner, Executive Director of the ChFF sent us this message: “The Charlottetown Film Festival is proud to present a slate of nine short films by our own talented Island filmmakers – ranging from charming animations like Uncle Bob’s Hospital Visit, silly comedies like Lucky Seven, touching adolescent dramas like Queen of the Crows and the documentary Lennox island about PEI’s First Nations people, the Mi’kmaq.

The Charlottetown Film Festival sees itself as “the little film festival of big dreams”. Now in its third year, ChFF takes place in the capital of Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, at the cosy seventy-seat City Cinema. Dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the works (and big dreams) of screen artists from all four Atlantic provinces, a welcome mat is also extended ‘across the pond’ to other Atlantic islands. ChFF17 is pleased that Shetland will join Iceland and Ireland as the annual ‘International Atlantic Island Outreach’ participant, and PEI looks forward to viewing your films on Sunday 1 October. And, for the first time, it is an exchange!”

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Bridging the Gap Workshop Sun 3 Sep 10:30 Mareel 90m Free Calling all Shetland documentary makers – do you want your work to go further than Screenplay? Come and meet Sonja Henrici, who will talk about how best to prepare for your submission to the Scottish Documentary Institute’s ‘Bridging the Gap’ short documentary initiative. She will show examples of past ‘Bridging the Gap’ work, explaining the aims of the scheme and how to improve your chances of being short-listed. Please bring along an idea for a short documentary and learn how to develop and focus your treatment and pitching skills. ‘Bridging the Gap’ is open to all Scottish-based filmmakers, giving them the opportunity to work closely with the SDI to make 10-minute documentaries with a cash budget. Selected filmmakers will receive further training and mentoring over six months to create vibrant new stories. The films are intended for distribution in cinemas and festivals. Past projects have screened in film festivals in over 60 countries worldwide and won numerous awards.

Sonja Henrici joined the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) in 2004 at its inception and has been integral to the organisation’s development ever since, becoming co-exec producer of Bridging the Gap and many award-winning short documentaries, running the Interdoc programme, producing feature documentaries and investigating new business models and outreach campaigns through the Virtuous Circle initiative (2011-14). She is co-founder of SDI Productions Ltd, an active member of IPS (Independent NJA HENRICI SO Producers Scotland) and keen to improve opportunities and funds for filmmakers.

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British Board Screen Memories of Film Classification (BBFC) Lecture Creative Writing Workshop -

Sat 26 Aug 11:30 Mareel 120m Free, but ticketed. Booking is essential. 18+

Do you remember the first time you saw a film on the big screen, wherever that screen was? Remember your first date on the back row? Still haunted or thrilled by an image or a story that you saw in the cinema? Screenplay is very happy to host a creative writing workshop brought to you by The Major Minor Cinema project, a research study being undertaken by the Universities of Glasgow and Stirling into the work of the Highlands and Islands Film Guild 1946 – 1971. Sarah Neeley will be inviting you to explore your memories of cinema going, wherever and whenever your experiences occurred, with a view to writing creatively about them. Just bring your memories...

Sarah Neely teaches at the University of Stirling. Her research stretches across a range of areas of film and media studies. She is a member of the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies and the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies. Outside of the University, she is a member of the advisory board for LUX Scotland and is on the board of trustees for Creative Stirling. She has also served on judging panels for a variety of prizes and awards including RAH NEELY the BAFTA new talent awards SA and the Margaret Tait Award for artists working within film and moving image. Sarah specialises in Scottish Cinema, the Orkney based director Margaret Tait, and archival research.

Mon 28 Aug 18:00 Mareel Auditorium Free, but ticketed. Booking is essential. 15+


Have you ever wondered how decisions are reached for the age ratings on films? What makes the difference between a 12A and 15 scene, and what material might possibly need to be cut – and why? Come along to our ‘Behind the scenes at the BBFC’ masterclass session and hear about both the history of the British Board of Classification, and how modern Classification Guidelines are interpreted when applying age ratings to films. BBFC Education Officer, Heidi Renton, will discuss the legal and ethical considerations of BBFC Compliance Officers, and illustrate her talk with clips from feature films, trailers, DVD and digital works (minimum entry age is 15 I D I R E N TO N years old). There will also be HE an opportunity for a Q&A session.

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28 | First Features

Retreat Scotland | 2016 | 15 | 110m | Inc. Q&A Dir. Tom Nicoll Starring: Kim Allan, Liam Harkins, Jason Harvey Sat 26 Aug


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Knowing what a challenge it can be to get your first feature on the big screen for public viewing, Screenplay is happy to show three first features this year in the opening three days of the festival. From its inception the festival has championed Scottish and UK filmmakers, and this year we are delighted to start this strand with a film set in the Highlands. On a retreat to look after a remote highland lodge with her boyfriend, a grieving woman starts to believe someone else is living around the house. Tom Nicoll has created an eerie, haunting film that perfectly recreates that feeling of ‘not being alone’ in an isolated place.

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Tom Nicoll is a Scottish writer and director, with credits including Tea Man (screened in the Cannes Court Metrage Sidebar, 2015), and Task Two (screened in the Sci Fi London Film Festival 2017). He has a background in sketch comedy, writing and performing multiple sketch shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. After learning his technical craft at a commercial film production company in London, he became freelance and now focuses on narrative projects. He has continued to write, produce and direct short films NICOLL TO M alongside his commercial work. Retreat is Tom’s debut feature film. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Tom Nicoll

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Riverhead Canada | 2016 | 15 | 90m Dir. Justin Oakey Starring: Lawrence Barry, Stephen Oates, Allison Kelly, Evan Mercer Sun 27 Aug 20:45 Screen 1

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The second film in our First Features strand. As winter creeps towards his rural Newfoundland community, widower and workhorse Patrick Whelan (Lawrence Barry) finds himself at odds with a young man returning home from a stint in the penitentiary, determined to breathe new life into a long-settled feud. As violence erupts, lines are drawn in the sand and Patrick is left plagued by guilt and a fractured home life. Riverhead is the atmospheric debut from Newfoundland filmmaker Justin Oakey, a raw portrait of secular rivalry seen through a textured lens. Featuring an original score by acclaimed Norwegian band Ulver and searing performances from a cast of locals. “The North Shore is a stretch of coastline in Newfoundland that has been settled since the early 1500s – said to be the oldest North American settlement. As European settlers formed communities, centuries of feuding were rediscovered. This tension lead to decades of fighting, rioting, and murder – most notably in Harbour Grace, where one incident at Christmas left dozens slain by gunfire. As a Newfoundlander with ties to the island that go back centuries, my family has experienced this conflict first-hand. This is the backdrop for Riverhead – an area with a fragile coexistence between communities, where inherited feuds simmer below the surface, able to rupture at any moment. Cultural authenticity is important to me – especially in the portrayal of Newfoundland and Atlantic Canada.” Justin Oakey Justin Oakey is an award-winning filmmaker from rural Newfoundland raised on hunting, fishing, and storytelling. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts studying filmmaking at Ryerson University. His work is atmospheric and aggressive, but maintains a quiet sense of naturalism. His short films The World Is Burning (2013) and Flankers (2014) brought his unique vision of Newfoundland to film T I N OA K E Y S U J festivals around the world and garnered hundreds of thousands of views online. With the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the NLFDC he completed his debut feature Riverhead (2016), which earned two nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards.

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My One and Only Brazil | 2016 | 15 | 120m | Inc. Q&A | Subtitled Dir. Jonathan Murphy Starring: Priscila Sol, Eucir de Souza, Yoram Blaschkauer Mon 28 Aug 20:00

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The third in our First Features strand, and again, a UK premiere. A dark thriller adapted from a BBC Radio 4 play by renowned British playwright Dawn King, this version, in the Portuguese language, is a film about obsessive love in our modern world of constant communication, played out almost entirely on the phone. In a large Brazilian city, Laura, a single woman, has broken up with her married lover, Ben, and to spite him goes out on a date with Noah, whom she met on an internet dating site. What follows is a cautionary tale of not letting go of a relationship that the other party does not want. The twists and turns reveal the dangers, both psychological and physical, which lurk in our modern world of constant communication. This might not end well for anyone.

Jonathan Murphy started working in television commercials production as a runner in Soho, London in the 1980s. He worked his way up to become Managing Director and founding partner of Union (a commercials production company based in London), initially specialising in the production of TV commercials but expanding to include commissions for music videos, short films and television programmes. He has produced many television commercials all over the world for, amongst others, Shell, Vodafone, Jeep, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, Kellogg’s, Campbell’s, Sainsbury, Bacardi and Ford. He has produced television programmes for Sky, the BBC and Channel 4. Jonathan has produced three short films: Sylvester (2002), It’s Not My Fault (2006) and Best Mates (2007). The first short he directed was Which Shall It Be (2010) followed by Oscar V (2012). My One and Only, completed in 2016, is his debut feature film. He currently lives in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil and continues to work as a director in the global media marketplace. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Jonathan Murphy






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Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D USA | 1991 | 15 | 145m Dir James Cameron Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong Tue 29 Aug


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He’s back. For one night only, across the nation, and in 3D. Last July marked the 25th anniversary of James Cameron’s beloved Terminator 2: Judgment Day and this year, to celebrate, the sci-fi classic is returning to theatres as a one-night special event. And as Judgement Day itself – 29 August – fell within Screenplay week, how could we resist? Over 10 years after the first cyborg, called The Terminator, tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However, another Terminator, the T-1000, which is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor, is sent back through time to kill John Connor whilst he’s still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun... And there’ll be Terminator cocktails on sale in the Café Bar too... fancy a Schnappsenegger, anyone?

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Fun & Games Walk down from Mixology Market Cross at Mareel Sat 26 Aug

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For the past two years we have been making a song and dance about the opening day of the festival, with a ‘walk down’ from the Market Cross to Mareel. We have previously been accompanied by the wonderful Lerwick Brass Band, the Junior Up Helly Aa Squad, an enormous Godzilla and assorted folk in their favourite film fancy dress outfits. This year we want to try something different. No clues, just turn up on Saturday morning (fancy dress optional) and be prepared for anything …

Hosted by DJs John Collins & DJ Lyall Fri 25 Aug

19:00 Mareel Café Bar


Enjoy chilled out tunes and a laid-back vibe in Mareel’s Café Bar with Mixology. Try one of our selection of delicious cocktails and get your weekend started with some funk, soul and house from our DJs John Collins and DJ Lyall.

The Great Open Mic Poster Giveaway at Mareel Sun 27 Aug 10:30 - 15:30 Mareel Auditorium Suggested donation of £1 per poster Mareel has now been open for five years – how time flies when you are enjoying yourself... But after having screened literally hundreds of films we are facing something of a storage problem with the film posters. So for one day only, come on in to the auditorium, browse our massive poster collection and take one (or more) away with you!

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Sun 27 Aug 16:00 Mareel Café Bar


Join us in the Café Bar for Open Mic at Mareel. Anyone and everyone is invited to share a song, or a tune, a new piece of prose, poetry or stand up, or whatever you want – the stage is yours! Pop down on a Sunday afternoon for a relaxed vibe and a chance to enjoy some emerging talent and performers alike sharing a stage.

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Screenplay Film Quiz

Young Film Quiz

Rec 14+ | 180m

Rec 10-16 | 90m

Hosted by Mark Kermode & Linda Ruth Williams

Sun 3 Sep

Wed 30 Aug 19:30 Mareel Auditorium £15 per team Our annual crazy festival event, modelled on the monthly Mareel Film Quiz, where anything could happen – and usually does. Hosted by Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams in the quizmasters’ chairs, and supported by Mareel’s regular quizmaster team, there will be rounds both fun and fiendish. We are hoping to see all our regular teams plus some new contenders, so book your table as soon as possible – this is guaranteed to sell out quickly. And it’s our 50th Film Quiz at Mareel! How about that? Remember, teams must be no more than six folk: bring your cinema expertise, your creativity and your resilience... you are going to need it all.


Mareel Auditorium Free

Mareel’s monthly film quiz, adapted for young people between 10 and 16. The usual, very few rules apply – teams of no more than six to a table, book your table in advance and NO cheating! (Mobile phones where we can see ‘em, please!). Take our advice and make sure your team includes a wide range of film interests and obsessions if you want to be in with a chance of winning any of the crazy and utterly desirable prizes. This event is great fun, so why not drum up a team from your neighbourhood, school or youth club? And it’s FREE!

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The Major Minor Cinema Remembering the Highlands and Islands Film Guild Fri 25 Aug

19:30 Hillswick Hall

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Full programme 165 minutes | U Do you remember the Highlands and Islands Film Guild? Would you be willing to share your memories with a team of researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and Stirling? Dr Ian Goode and his colleagues will be carrying out informal interviews and group discussions during late August/early September, and we are delighted to be hosting a creative writing workshop with them, and putting on special Film Guild screening at Hillswick Community Hall. We will be looking to recreate one of those events at Hillswick for the opening night of Screenplay. There will be a newsreel from 1950, a reel of cartoons and a screening of Scott of the Antarctic (1948) all on 16mm projectors. Whether or not you can remember the Guild, we’d be delighted to see you there for this special event … there may even be tea and homebakes!

The Major Minor Cinema: Highlands and Islands Film Guild 1946-71 project aims to study the impact of cinema on the Highlands and Islands of Scotland during that period. This will be the first academic and historical study of what has been an overlooked period in the history of British cinema and culture. The formation of the Highlands and Islands Film Guild continued a pre-war initiative of the Scottish Film Council to make non-commercial cinema available to rural areas. This continued during WWII via the Ministry of Information and the Evacuation Film Scheme. The Film Guild was proposed to improve leisure facilities for remote communities, forming part of wider economic and cultural initiatives to bolster community activity, cohesion and recreation.

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It is a widely remembered but still unwritten part of Scottish cinema history, occupying a period stretching from before the advent of television and extending into its early penetration into these areas.

The Major Minor Cinema: Highlands and Islands Film Guild 1946-71 project is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The service was often delivered by travelling operators with the assistance of local communities in spaces such as village or school halls. Showing films in spaces shared by the operators, projector and audience generated a unique kind of cinema-going experience.

And if you see any of these folk out and about in Shetland during August and September, stop them and tell them your memories of the Film Guild. EA










Outreach & Education Apart from the scores of screenings and events taking place at Mareel during the festival, there is also an extremely busy outreach and education programme. This year over 1000 school pupils will come and see some of the best of world cinema at Mareel. We hope it will inspire them and give them a window on to the lives of other cultures, and help them develop an appetite for more than the traditional blockbuster fare. Screenplay and its partner Shetland Film Club will also be visiting Symbister Hall with The Islands and the Whales and Mid Yell Hall with Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants. Along with the Major Minor Cinema Project, the festival will have its official opening at Hillswick Hall, where we will be showing a programme of nostalgic content, including Scott of the Antarctic (see main programme for details of screening dates

and times). Shortened versions of that programme will be screened at the 60 Plus Club in Scalloway and the Stepping Out club in Mid Yell during festival week – watch the press for details. Last year we undertook a ‘Screenplay PS’ tour of community halls over the winter with some of the Shetland Home Made product, and we intend to do so again this year. Our thanks are due to Shetland Film Club for helping us to make them happen. We are also indebted to Noelle Henderson, Creative Links Officer at the SIC Education Department for her invaluable assistance in the ever expanding education programme.

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A Man Called Ove

The Islands and the Whales

(Ein man som heter Ove)

UK/Denmark | 2016 | 15 | 90m | Subtitled

Sweden | 2015 | 15 | 120m | Subtitled

Dir. Mike Day

Dir. Hannes Holm Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg

Sun 27 Aug Mon 28 Aug Wed 30 Aug Fri 1 Sep

Sat 26 Aug Sun 27 Aug Mon 28 Aug Sat 2 Sep

18:30 20:00 14:30 15:15

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£9 / £7 £8 / £6 £5.50 / £4.50 £7 / £5

59 year old Ove is the housing estate’s grumpy man. Several years earlier he was deposed as president of the residents’ association, but he still keeps control over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the terraced house opposite and accidentally back into Ove’s mailbox, it turns out to be the beginning of an unexpected friendship. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared. One of Sweden’s biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material, and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.

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£7 / £5 Hall £7 / £5 £8 / £6 £5.50 / £4.50

Documentary. In their remote home in the North Atlantic the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide, proud to put local food on the table. The land yields little, so they have always relied on harvesting their seas. Hunting whales and seabirds kept them alive for generations, and gave them the way of life they love; a life they would pass on to their children. But today they face a grave threat to this tradition. It is not the controversy surrounding whaling that threatens the Faroese way of life; the danger is coming from the whales themselves. The Faroese are among the first to feel the effects of our ever more polluted oceans. They have discovered that their beloved whales are toxic, contaminated by the outside world. What once secured their survival now endangers their children, and the Faroe Islanders must make a choice between health and tradition. NB. Contains footage of whale killing

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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Finland | 2016 | 12A | 95m | Subtitled Dir. Julio Kuosmanen Starring: Jarkko Lajhti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff Sat 26 Aug Tue 29 Aug Thu 31 Aug Sat 2 Sep

21:00 13:30 15:15 20:00

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The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli’s small-town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There’s only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside of the ring,

it’s Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention. This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw said “Here is a treat and a delight: this lovely film from Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen is a gentle, shrewd, somehow mysterious love story, based on real life, beautifully photographed in luminous black-andwhite and drawing inspiration from Scorsese and Truffaut... It is a film of immense humanity and charm: the very best kind of date movie.”

38 | Look North

Weather the Storm

by Skylark and the Scorpion (aka Nick J. Webb and Petra Jean Phillipson). Producer and band member Nick edited the film and wrote the music.” Paul Kelly, Heavenly Films “Cool, ethereal, innovative, strange, beautiful. Like a magical dream...” Steve Coogan

UK | 2016 | PG | 60m | Inc. Q&A Dir. Finlay Mackay Producer: Nick J. Webb Featuring: Skylark and the Scorpion Sun 26 Aug


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This lovely music film, a companion to the album by Skylark and the Scorpion, is included in the ‘Look North’ section because it’s all filmed in Eshaness, and if you’re stood at Sumburgh... well, you get our drift. A musical odyssey of two haunted souls in search of re-connection, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Shetland’s wild and ancient landscape in winter. Performed and soundtracked by Skylark and the Scorpion. “Internationally acclaimed photographer Finlay Mackay travels back to his birthplace of Shetland to direct his debut short Weather the Storm, a musical odyssey beautifully filmed against a breathtaking jurassic coastline. Performed and soundtracked

“In an age where the art of the album and attention spans are compromised, this film forces us to listen from start to finish. It is a total thing of beauty.” Nadine Shah There will be a Q&A with Nick J. Webb after the screening. Nick J. Webb is the songwriter, producer and creative force behind musical duo ‘Skylark and the Scorpion’ alongside vocalist Petra Jean Phillipson. Having completed their debut record ‘Weather The Storm’, K J WEBB NIC Nick invited internationally acclaimed photographer Finlay Mackay to direct a film to accompany the music featuring both band members. The result is this stunning visual album set against the dramatic aspect of Shetland in winter.

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Some Like It Hot USA | 1959 | 12A | 125m Dir. Billy Wilder Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis Sun 3 Sep


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The final film of the festival – and it’s a classic comedy. When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They’re desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know about is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station dressed as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. Joe/Josephine falls for singer/ ukulele player Sugar Kane Kowalczyk, whilst Jerry/ Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden, especially when Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords at the hotel where they are performing. Fast paced, cleverly scripted and with the stars on sparkling form, this is the perfect way to end the festival.

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