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HORSEPLAY FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER ROOM 16 ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE SEE PAGE 13

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COMPETITION: ‘I’M SURE I KNOW THAT FACE...’ As we are celebrating our fifth (Screenplay) and tenth (Wordplay) birthdays this year, we have asked some of our guests, staff and volunteers to send us in a photograph of themselves at around 5 or 10 years old……see above for the results! Can you match the faces to the names below? Keep a good look-out during the festivals, study this programme carefully, and if you

think you can guess the right matches, just pick up a competition entry form from The Garrison Theatre or Islesburgh Community Centre from 30th August on and have a go. The first five most correct entries that are drawn out of the hat will receive four free tickets to Shetland Arts’ film screenings between September 5th and the 31st December 2011.

Appearing above in no particular order: Mark Kermode - Screenplay Curator Keith Morrison - Events & Venues Assistant Elizabeth Karlsen - Producer Tim Barrow - Director Laura Whittall - Wordplay Volunteer Magi Gibson - Writer Stuart Hubbard - Volunteer Projectionist Alistair Peebles - Writer Gwilym Gibbons - Director, Shetland Arts Stefanie Pottinger - Theatre Attendant Richard Wemyss - Head of Operations, Shetland Arts Kathy Hubbard - Head of Development, Shetland Arts Julie Moncrieff - Theatre Attendant Neil Anderson - Theatre Attendant Caroline Leask - Theatre Attendant John Glenday - Poet Chris Halcrow - Screenplay Volunteer Kevin MacNeil - Writer Joanne Adamson - Wordplay Volunteer Donald Anderson - Literature Development, Shetland Arts Harry Whitham - Screenplay Volunteer Viv French - Writer Linda Ruth Williams - Screenplay Curator Stephen Woolley - Producer

Pick up an entry form from The Garrison Theatre or Islesburgh Community Centre during the festivals.


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WELCOME TO

WORDPLAY 2011 SHETLAND’S 10TH ANNUAL BOOK FESTIVAL It seems hard to believe that Shetland Arts has been running Wordplay for a whole decade, a whole ten years! We are really quite proud of that and delighted to be curating the tenth festival. As usual we have masses of great stuff for you: literature for people of all ages. And as usual we have a pretty broad view of what the book festival should be about. We have poets, writers for children, novelists, journalists, broadcasters, a film critic, comedians, a pianist. We have book launches galore! A brand new children’s theatre production. We have returning writers and

THE CURATORS

writers who have never been here before. Writers from all over the place, including some from Shetland. There will be workshops for adults and for children about book making; workshops about writing children’s fiction, poetry and non fiction. We’ll even be showing a couple of films and of course there will be the club where you can come along for a dram, a jam and a chat. The festival is really all about you getting involved – that’s what makes it special and we hope you will take Donald S Murray is thrilled to be one every opportunity you can to do of the curators for this year’s just that. Have a great time!

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he admires. He trusts - and firmly believes - that there will be more than a few either living or visiting these parts who will feel as enthusiastic about this year’s choice as he does!

DONALD S MURRAY

Wordplay Festival. A teacher and author of such books as ‘The Guga Hunters’, ‘And On this Rock’ and ‘Small Expectations’, he is particularly excited at the prospect of giving a warm welcome to the  writers who are coming to Shetland for this year’s events, especially when their numbers include so many whose work

CHARLENE STOREY Charlene Storey has read more books than she has written and owns more books than she has read. She works as an English teacher and last year won the Screenplay Film Critic of the Year award.

WELCOME TO

SCREENPLAY 2011 SHETLAND’S 5TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL

from the London International Animated Film Festival for children and young people).

our regular curators Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams Welcome to Screenplay, Shetland Hindley’s redemption (Longford). for all the commitment and hard Arts’ annual film festival. The work they bring to Screenplay We also visit the altered festival is now five years old, so we landscapes of Central America We hope you’ll help us celebrate every year – this year being no being five years old – and here’s to exception. have something to celebrate. following an alien invasion many more festivals to come! (Monsters), whilst My Dog Tulip This year we are privileged to shows the transformation wrought Shetland Arts is deeply grateful to welcome Oscar-winning screen upon a lonely man by his rescued legend Jim Broadbent to The Alsatian dog. Finally in Hans Garrison Theatre. We will be Christian Andersen we have the showing just a fraction of his best ultimate change – an ugly duckling work, which he will present and becomes a swan (and YOU get to discuss on stage. We are also join in). delighted to welcome producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen There will be the usual explosion Woolley to Screenplay. Together of creativity on Thursday 1st they have created such September with the annual outstanding and award-winning screening of short films made by works as The Crying Game and Shetlanders – not to be missed, as Made in Dagenham, both of which you already know. we will be showing during festival week. And it’s terrific to have Tim Last year Shetland Arts asked for Barrow back in Shetland with his your opinions about the kinds of second feature film, The Space things you’d like to see at Between. Screenplay, and our programme draws heavily on your Mark Kermode has been co-curating Linda Ruth Williams teaches film in The loose theme which runs suggestions. You asked for more Screenplay since it started in 2006, the English Department at through most of the films we will documentaries (Exit Through The and loves Shetland. He has been Southampton University, and resident film critic for BBC Radio 5 researches into contemporary be screening during the festival is Gift Shop); dance and music, for ten years, and also presents on cinema, censorship, and children in ‘transformation’: from the documentaries and biopics (Ride, BBC News and The Culture Show. In film - she is currently writing a book transformation of the urban Rise, Roar; Topsy-Turvy; Chico the 1990s he was film critic for BBC on Steven Spielberg, childhood and landscape by Banksy and other and Rita); family films (Winnie the Radio One. His ‘cinematic child performers, and is also starting street artists (Exit Through The Pooh and Hans Christian autobiography’, ‘It’s Only A Movie’, a large research project on women Gift Shop) to the heartbreaking Andersen); foreign films (Life, was published in 2010, and his latest working in British cinema since 2000. effects of Alzheimer’s disease on Above All); classic films (Man of book, ‘The Good, The Bad and the Inspired by her involvement with the relationship of a long-married Aran); animation (Chico and Rita Multiplex: What’s wrong with Modern Screenplay, she has recently set up a couple (Away From Her) to Lord and My Dog Tulip for adults, and Movies?’, has just been published. film festival in her own back yard in Longford’s dream of Myra two programmes of short films the New Forest.

THE CURATORS

MARK KERMODE

LINDA RUTH WILLIAMS


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FRIDAY 26 AUGUST, 1500 a treat for the whole family, Winnie FERNLEA WISHART ANDERSON Thanks to our ongoing partnership screening Man of Aran at with Shetland Film Club there will Symbister Hall, Scalloway Marine the Pooh. Shetland Film Club is CARE CENTRE, WHALSAY College and the Shetland Museum grateful for the support of the be festival screenings in various and Archive, and the createdShetland Arts Fund towards their SATURDAY 27 AUGUST, 1500 venues across the islands. This from-YouTube documentary Life in annual outreach programme, of year the Club will be visiting the WALTER & JOAN GRAY CARE which these screenings form an Care Centres in Whalsay, Unst and a Day at junior high schools in CENTRE, SCALLOWAY Sandwick, Symbister and Mid Yell. important element. Scalloway to show a selection of Life in a Day will also be screened archive films from the Shetland WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST, 1500 Moving Image Project. They will be at Bressay Community Hall, as will NORDALEA, UNST SCREENPLAY + SHETLAND FILM CLUB

LIFE IN A DAY

DIR: KEVIN MACDONALD CERT: 12A, 2011, 95 MINS FRIDAY 26 AUGUST, 1045 WHALSAY SCHOOL PRIVATE SCREENING SUNDAY 28 AUGUST, 1930 BRESSAY COMMUNITY HALL £5/£3.50 MONDAY 29 AUGUST, 1400 SANDWICK SCHOOL PRIVATE SCREENING

people responded, from 197 countries, resulting in over 4500 hours of footage. It is to Macdonald’s credit that he managed to edit this down to just Kevin Macdonald could be said to be just one of the directors of this over an hour and a half, whilst intriguing documentary about life managing to capture and retain on Planet Earth on one day in July the sheer diversity of human experience from birth to death, last year. Along with producers Ridley and Tony Scott, he put out a from the banal to the extreme, call to ordinary people all over the from the sentimental to the shocking. world to make a film about their lives on 24 July 2010 and upload it on to YouTube. More than 80,000 WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST, 1045 MID YELL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL PRIVATE SCREENING

Supported by Matthew Herbert’s extraordinary musical score, this is an impressionistic, poetic and thought provoking experience; in the words of Birmingham Post film critic Roz Laws, “All life and death is here in a film full of joy, tears, excitement, fear and heartache. It’s touching, dramatic, original and absolutely compelling from start to finish.”


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DIR: ROBERT FLAHERTY CERT: U, 1934, UK, 73 MINS FEATURING: COLMAN ‘TIGER’ KING, MAGGIE DIRRANE, MICHAEL DIRRANE

living from the land and sea, and it includes unique footage of a basking shark hunt, an extremely hazardous activity carried out by men in small open boats.

FRIDAY 26 AUGUST, 1900 SYMBISTER HALL, WHALSAY £5/£3.50

Better known for his groundbreaking account of the lives of the Inuit in Nanook of the North, Flaherty has been criticised for ‘staging’, and occasionally romanticising his subjects. In the case of Man of Aran, Flaherty had to get his local actors re-trained to hunt the basking shark, a practice that had already died out in Ireland some decades previously. The film left an unintended legacy of conflict on Aran, with some members of the community feeling that Flaherty had exploited the islanders and given a misleading impression of their lives.

SATURDAY 27 AUGUST, 1930 NAFC MARINE COLLEGE, SCALLOWAY £5/£3.50 FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER, 1400 SHETLAND MUSEUM AND ARCHIVE AUDITORIUM, LERWICK £5/£3.50 Robert Flaherty, one of the great pioneers of documentary film making, spent three years making this semi-fictionalised account of the hard lives of families living on the remote island of Aran off the west coast of Ireland in the 1930’s. It was the first time he had experimented with sound, but the sheer grandeur of the visual experience makes up for what the small amount of dialogue lacks. Man of Aran follows the fortunes of one family trying to scratch a

The footage is, however, breathtaking and magnificent, brilliantly evoking the power of the sea, the courage of the men who had to brave it and the back-breaking work of Irish island-dwelling crofters in the early years of the twentieth century.

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There’s trouble brewing in The Hundred Acre Wood as Eeyore has lost his tail! Given that the prize for finding a replacement is a large pot of honey, Pooh is desperate to win it and persuades his friends Piglet, Roo, Kanga and Tigger to help him. To make matters worse it appears that Christopher Robin has been kidnapped by a scary creature called a ‘Backson’ and will need to be rescued. This charming and gentle animated film will not disappoint long-time fans of the bear with very little brain, and will also be a perfect introduction to A.A. Milne’s lovable cast of characters for those who have not yet met them. It’s a terrific film for the very young cinema-goer, but one that adults can enjoy too.

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DIR: BANKSY, THIERRY GUETTA CERT: 15, 2010, 87 MINS + DISCUSSION FEATURING: THIERRY GUETTA, BANKSY, SHEPHERD FAIREY, RHYS IFANS MONDAY 29 AUGUST, 1930 HOSWICK VISITOR CENTRE £5/£3.50

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TRUE GRIT 15 SEPTEMBER

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT 29 SEPTEMBER NAFC NEDS Marine Centre, 13 OCTOBER Scalloway SWEETGRASS All screenings start 20 OCTOBER

ATTACK THE BLOCK 10 NOVEMBER

SUBMARINE 24 NOVEMBER

QUATTRO VOLTE 8 DECEMBER

HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER

at 7.30pm sharp Memberships go on sale late August, but you don’t have to be a member to come to the films. For more information telephone Stuart Hubbard on 01950 477235 www.filmclub.shetland.co.uk

This mischievous and highly enjoyable documentary appears to be the story of an eccentric Los Angeles-based French shopkeeper, Thierry Guetta, who dreams of being a film maker. He combines this ambition with his admiration for graffiti artists, and sets out to film them, risking life, limb and arrest in the process. By the time he finally gets to meet enigmatic British street artist Banksy, he has literally dozens of boxes of unedited footage of graffiti artists at work. Banksy, having originally suggested that Thierry make his own documentary, eventually persuades him to be the star of a film which Banksy himself will make. Thierry becomes an artist in his own right, and the result is an art exhibition like no other, produced under Thierry’s new street artist name of ‘Mr Brainwash’. So far, so incredible, and part of the fun of this film is the whisper going around the community of film critics and artists that it just might all be a hoax. Could Guetta have transformed himself virtually overnight into an artist whose work could fill a disused film warehouse, with hundreds of fans queuing overnight to be at the

opening? Is Banksy having a good laugh at the audience’s expense? And the question that is bigger than both of these – does it really matter? Because fake or not, Exit Through the Gift Shop is quirky, often very funny, and you do learn something about the lives of graffiti artists. The Guardian’s film critic, Peter Bradshaw, sums it up: “Thierry Guetta may well exist – but at the mention of his Mr Brainwash output, you may feel a strange tugging sensation on your leg…….. As a documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop is as about as reliable and structurally sound as that house-front with the strategically placed window that falls on top of Buster Keaton. As entertainment, though, it works very well.” This film will be screened in association with Shetland Film Club at the Hoswick Visitor Centre on Monday 29th August at 7.30pm. There will be an informal discussion afterwards.


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MY DOG TULIP SCREENPLAY

DIR: PAUL AND SANDRA FIERLINGER CERT: 12A, 2011, 83 MINS FEATURING THE VOICES OF: CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, ISABELLA ROSSELLINI AND LYNN REDGRAVE

attempted to get near her, as well as causing mayhem when Ackerley persevered in trying to find a mate for her when she clearly only had eyes for him.

The Fierlingers have created the film using a digital animation TUESDAY 30 AUGUST, 1900 software package called TVPaint, hand painting each frame directly; THE GARRISON THEATRE £6/£4 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3.50) the film was created, they say, without paper. They use several DIR: SARAH POLLEY After an ‘orientation period’ during which Grant is asked not to It’s worth saying right at the start distinct styles of animation CERT: 12A, 2006, 110 MINS FEATURING: JULIE CHRISTIE, visit, he is devastated to discover that this exquisitely animated film depending on whether we are that Fiona appears to have is not directed at children, despite seeing the various episodes from GORDON PINSENT, OLYMPIA DUKAKIS forgotten him, and worse, that she the 12A certificate. J R Ackerley’s the man’s point of view or from the dog’s, and the result is a true seems to have transferred her 1956 memoir of life with his work of art, even if, in the words of affection to another resident, the rescued Alsatian dog Tulip is no TUESDAY 30 AUGUST, 1400 THE GARRISON THEATRE silent Aubrey. Grant has to animated Marley and Me, Ackerley one critic, it is a ‘gloriously £6/£4 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3.50) consider sacrificing his own scatological’ one. having been very much obsessed happiness in order to protect hers. with the ‘business end’ of dogs in Critic Jim Buckfield sees the Based on ‘The Bear Came Over the all its unsavoury variety. serious message lurking beneath But this is not the easy Mountain’, a short story by Alice the pooper-scooper when he says Munro, this is a poignant and sentimental tear-jerker it initially Ackerley was a lonely “My Dog Tulip is an amusing curmudgeon, at odds with his intelligent study of the effect that appears to be. For Fiona, giving the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease herself over to forgetting allows work (as an editor at the BBC), his portrait of canine life equal parts touching and vulgar. But there is her to shed her long-nurtured can have on both partners in a sister and his life in general. That anger at Grant’s past infidelities life was transformed when he took more to it than just amusing marriage, even though only one with students, whilst Grant has to ownership of Tulip, a dysfunctional gratuity. Being an openly gay man has the disease. Fiona and Grant confront aspects of his own and virtually unbiddable Alsatian, in the mid-twentieth century one Anderson are former academics can assume that Ackerley was enjoying a near idyllic retirement attitudes and behaviour that have who gave the ageing loner what no-one else had ever offered him – more than familiar with the in their farmhouse in rural Ontario. remained largely unexamined. absolute and unconditional complicated nature of human Whilst the marriage has not In this tender and bittersweet affection. It was love at first sight, relationships. What lies beneath always been perfect, they clearly have a loving relationship. When tragedy Julie Christie gives one of with Ackerley perversely refusing the surface of My Dog Tulip, then, her most accomplished are Ackerley’s quite profound Fiona’s repeated lapses of to acknowledge that some of meditations on love, devotion and memory can no longer be ignored, performances, but Gordon Pinsent Tulip’s more unacceptable habits delivers as much poignancy and could possibly be of offence to friendship. Who is the ideal friend? they both agree that she should go into a nursing home, heartbreak as the shell-shocked anyone. Her obsessive ownership Well, as Ackerley discovers, it might as well be the four-legged Meadowlake, and for the first time Grant, forced to be a spectator to of him (rather than the other way the ebbing away of the life and one who sicks up on the carpet. in nearly fifty years, they are round) caused problems with his separated. love that he had always known. neighbours, his family, his landlord And then eats it.” and nearly every vet who


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SUBMARINE MAN SCREENPLAY

shed built especially for the purpose. In a quest for adventure, Mike moved to the remote island of Eday in Orkney and decided to to take his “Submarine” with him, TUESDAY 30 AUGUST, 2130 rebuilding it in the Old North THE GARRISON THEATRE School where he now has the FREE 60 MINS + Q&A display open to the public. We Submarine Man is a film about one learn about Mike’s “Out of Hand” man’s single minded passion. Self hobby, meet a quietly eccentric Englishman in a quirky short film avowed batchelor Mike Illet, which is a testament to tenacity, former submariner and the last rabbits and teacakes. commercial narrowboat man in Britain decided to build a display Dave Hammond, Edinburgh born of the Oberon class submarine Otter in the garden of his house in Shetland filmmaker has lived in Shetland for the past 30 years. Norfolk in the early 90’s. The whole fleet was being scrapped in Before settling in Shetland in the 70’s, Dave worked as a Portsmouth to make way for the photographer and printmaker, new breed of that most silent of Britain’s armed services with Mike founding the Sutherland Street buying the scrapped parts and re- Art Collective in Edinburgh before embarking on a life of adventure in building them as a replica in a DIR: DAVE HAMMOND DOCUMENTARY, ORKNEY, 2011 FEATURING: MIKE ILLET

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BRIDGING THE GAP SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER, 1100 THE GARRISON THEATRE, LERWICK FREE 90 MINS TOTAL Bridging the Gap is one of the leading documentary new talent initiatives for cinema in the UK, consistently picking up awards, BAFTAs, special mentions and festival screenings in over 40 countries world-wide. It offers a creative training programme alongside production. Now in its 8th year, Bridging the Gap is supported by Creative Scotland, BBC Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (via Screen Hi) as well as generous in-kind

MEET THE DIRECTOR: DAVE HAMMOND the North. Working as a crab fisherman and knitwear designer/ maker before a 7 year stint on the pilot boats at Sullom Voe, the intervening years were taken up with building a small company – the Shetland Smokehouse. The company was sold in 2004 and Dave is now an independent filmmaker and partner in BurntCandle Productions. BurntCandle Productions came about as a partnership with artist Karen Emslie working with commercial clients and working NIGHT SHIFT by Ruth Reid

This year, six short documentaries were commissioned and the results were premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June. This new crop of films tackles an eclectic range of Scottish stories on the theme of SHIFT, with the filmmakers juggling creatively with a variety of tones and styles.

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They might be worn by delicate girls, but ballet shoes are crafted by burly men whose hands tell another story…

JIMMY by Martin Smith support from Edinburgh College of Art (eca), home of the Scottish Documentary Institute.

I CAN SMELL THE CORDITE 9 MINS by Andy Taylor Smith 9 MINS

Anne Wallace once had a dream to help Glasgow’s working women. Soon after she had a double decker bus, and the Ministry of Salt and Light.

THE PERFECT FIT by Tali Yankelevich

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Jimmy McIntosh, MBE, campaigns daily for disabled rights. Nothing can stop him, especially not his own Cerebral Palsy.

THE RED ARMY by Paul Ryan

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Two unlikely fans of red squirrels go all the way to decimate the greys.

THE SUICIDE GAP by David R. Cairns

creatively to produce a number of film projects the first of which was Bastinado Salsa a film about food, music and human sacrifice. Other projects were 15 short films about social enterprises in Orkney and Shetland, the documentaries Sheep and Shetland Fine Lace Knitting, films on smoking cessation and sexual health for the NHS. He also works with European TV companies as production manager for broadcast films with a local flavour.

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A spate of suicides rocked Dundee in the summer of 2010. A moving encounter with those left behind.

One bunker. Two men. Christmas Eve, 1944. Or was it 2011? The films will be introduced by Amanda Millen from ScreenHI and Sonja Henrici from the Scottish Documentary Institute, and we hope that one of the film makers, Martin Smith, will be in attendance. ScreenHI develop and promote creative talent from the Highlands and Islands within the screen & broadcast industries. ScreenHI is delighted to be continuing its partnership with SDI through Bridging the Gap for the coming year.


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SCREENPLAY + LONDON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL

SHORT ANIMATED FILMS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST, 1800 THE GARRISON THEATRE, LERWICK FILMS FOR 7-14 YEAR OLDS £3 ALL ADMISSIONS (EARLY BIRD £2.50)

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER, 1600 THE GARRISON THEATRE, LERWICK FILMS FOR 0-6 YEAR OLDS £3 ALL ADMISSIONS (EARLY BIRD £2.50)

FREE TO UNDER 2’S

FILMS FOR 0-6 YEAR OLDS TOTAL TIME: 66 MINS THE WRECK OF THE DIDDLEY FATCAT & FISHFACE New Zealand, 2008, 3’45 A wickedly good singing-pirate romp. THE MOUSE THAT SOARED KYLE BELL USA, 2009, 5’45 A lucky mouse that gets a chance to learn to fly. TALLY HO, PANCAKE! Kai Pannen Germany, 2009, 6’45 Anyway you want to have them, pancakes are delicious.

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TXT ISLAND Chris Gavin The London International ORMIE UK, 2009, 3’30 Animation Festival (LIAF) is the Rob Silvestri The military conquest of a tropical USA, 2009, 4’00 island and the collapse of the local UK’s largest festival of its kind, This little pig will do ANYTHING to get amusement park are illustrated in bringing the best new animated the cookies. plastic letters on a mastermindfilms from every corner of the board. world to audiences across the UK, WHEN APPLES ROLL Reinis Kalnaellis COOKED and showcasing the whole Latvia, 2008, 6’45 Jens Blank spectrum of creative animation. Cat and his friend have their annual UK, 2010, 6’45 Every year the festival features apple-picking disturbed when a An unlikely love triangle between a approximately 300 films from strange egg rolls into the orchard. walrus, a seal and a lobster in an over 30 countries, most of them Arctic sauna. THE LITTLE BOY AND THE BEAST British premieres. Johannes Weiland/ Uwe Heidschotter OVER AND OVER (AND OVER) LIAF has put together two Germany, 2009, 7’00 AGAIN When your mother has turned into a programmes of short animated Andy Glynne UK, 2009, 3’50 films for children and families, one beast, a lot of things change. An everyday routine like leaving the for children up to 6 years old and KNITTED KNIGHTS house for school can become the the other for those aged between Gil Alkabetz worst nightmare for a teenage boy. 7 and 14 years. Nag Vladermersky. Germany, 2010, 6’25 An ambitious grandma wants to knit a SPEECHLESS Director of LIAF says “Our sweater for the moon, but forgets to Daniel Greaves children screenings are very calculate the waning and waxing of UK, 2010, 7’00 special programmes of films her ‘customer’. A comic film about miscommunication selected to spark the imaginations LOST AND FOUND in a world of mass communication. of this, our most special audience. Phil Hunt MIXED BAG Much better than Saturday UK, 2009, 25’00 Isabelle Favez A wondrous, epic journey that proves Switzerland, 2009, 7’15 morning TV and not a toy ad in there’s pretty much nothing a boy A tale of greed, betrayal, cheap sight!” and a penguin can’t do when they suitcases – and more greed and For more information about LIAF really, really put their mind to it. betrayal. A day in the life of a bag of please visit www.liaf.org.uk lovely, lovely cash.

MADAGASCAR, A JOURNEY DIARY Bastien Dubois France, 2009, 12’00 This animated diary draws the journey of a European traveler confronted with the local Malagasy customs. THE HAPPY DUCKLING Gili Dolev UK, 2008, 9’00 An animated adventure set in a popup book world, following the antics of a young boy in his struggles against a stalking duck. Accompanied by an original score from composer Mick Cooke of Belle and Sebastian, this film has been scooping awards everywhere it goes. THE EMPLOYMENT Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso Argentina, 2008, 6’15 Everyone finds their place in this oddest of worlds in which people are employed in the strangest of ways for the strangest of reasons. RUNAWAY Cordell Barker Canada, 2009, 9’00 Happy passengers are having a great time on a crowded train, oblivious to the unknown fate that awaits them around the bend.

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Coming our way this year, as far as we are aware, are films about cake wars, the trials of being a member of the Adam Hart-Davis Appreciation Society, news of an The hottest ticket in town every Screenplay Festival is the Home emerging addiction menace, a Made evening when we get to face-off music video, some celebrate local creativity in all its intriguing artists’ moving image glory, whimsy and infinite variety work and, for all his fans out there, and this year should be no the final and much-awaited different. We will be showing ten of instalment of the Stallionhead the best submissions to Trilogy. Screenplay this evening, and all the submissions will be screening Come along and meet your continuously at the Museum and makers! Admission is free but Archive Auditorium on Saturday advance booking is urgently and Sunday afternoon. recommended as this event always approaches a sell-out.


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DAGENHAM

DIR: NIGEL COLE PROD: ELIZABETH KARLSEN AND STEPHEN WOOLLEY CERT: 15, 2010, 108 MINS + Q&A FEATURING: SALLY HAWKINS, BOB HOSKINS, MIRANDA RICHARDSON & GERALDINE JAMES

Made in Dagenham boasts a cast of the best of British actors, and a soundtrack that will instantly transport all of us who were around in 1968 back to the days of Harold Wilson’s Britain. This is a film with its heart proudly worn on Sally Hawkins plays plucky Rita its sleeve; it tells a true story and O’Grady who led 187 women machinists out on strike in 1968 at a tough one, but in an upbeat and the Ford car factory at Dagenham. humorous way, without condescension to the characters, The women were about to have or to their real-life counterparts. their jobs downgraded, which The women’s struggle at would have meant a pay cut, but Dagenham paved the way for The they decide to stand up and fight Equal Pay Act of 1970, and for a fair rate of pay and although in 21st century Britain recognition. This is resented by their male colleagues, opposed by that ideal has still not been fully achieved, we are all a lot nearer to the Ford management and it because of the courage of the undermined by the Trade Union Ford Dagenham women over 40 leadership. Word eventually years ago. reaches Trade and Industry Minister Barbara Castle (a terrific Producers Elizabeth Karlsen and performance by Miranda Stephen Woolley will discuss their Richardson) who has to balance film on stage after the screening. the need to keep the American WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST, 2000 THE GARRISON THEATRE, LERWICK £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £6/£4.50)

MEET THE PRODUCER: ELIZABETH KARLSEN

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THE CRYING

GAME DIR: NEIL JORDAN PROD: STEPHEN WOOLLEY CERT: 18, 1992, 107 MINS + Q&A FEATURING: STEPHEN REA, JAYE DAVIDSON, FOREST WHITAKER, JIM BROADBENT AND MIRANDA RICHARDSON THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER, 2030 THE GARRISON THEATRE, LERWICK £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £6/£4.50) When British soldier Jody (Whitaker) is taken hostage by the IRA, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with one of his captors, Fergus (Rea). Fergus is ordered to kill Jody but before he can do so, Jody dies as the Army raid the gang’s hideout. Fergus escapes to London where he tries to fulfil the promise he made to the dead soldier to look out for his girlfriend, Dil. However, his past comes back to haunt him and puts both himself and Dil in mortal danger.

Neil Jordan wrote and directed this excellent thriller, which is also an unusual and affecting love story, and he obtains wonderful performances from his cast. Stephen Rea is utterly convincing as the conscience-stricken Fergus, Miranda Richardson gives a chilling performance as someone who has given up on conscience, and Jaye Davidson is marvellous as the vulnerable Dil. Jim Broadbent, who is visiting Screenplay this year, appears as the all-seeing but quite inscrutable pub landlord, Col. Apart from being a first rate thriller, The Crying Game is also a meditation on loyalty, commitment and redemption, and on what price we are prepared to pay for what we believe in. Producer and co-producer Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen will take part in a discussion and Q&A session after the screening.

business in the UK with her natural empathy with the women’s cause. Friendships and family relationships come under strain as the strike goes on, but Rita and her work mates have gone too far to consider backing down.

Elizabeth Karlsen co-founded Number 9 Films with Stephen Woolley in 2002 after a long collaboration under the Palace Pictures and Scala Productions banners which saw her coproduce Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game, (nominated for six Academy Awards), and later produce Mark Herman’s Little Voice, (nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award and six BAFTAs including Best Picture). At Number 9 she has produced Ladies In Lavender, an international box office hit with Maggie Smith and Judie Dench; Mrs. Harris starring Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley (nominated for 12 Emmy and 3 Golden Globe Awards); How to Lose Friends & Alienate People starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Jeff Bridges and Gillian Anderson, which topped the UK box office on its release in October 2008; And When Did You Last See Your Father?, starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth (nominated for 7

British Independent Film Awards); Sounds Like Teen Spirit, a documentary feature focusing on the Junior Eurovision song contest directed by BAFTA-nominated director Jamie J Johnson; Perrier’s Bounty, written by BAFTA-nominated Mark O’Rowe and starring Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson; and Made in Dagenham, released in 2010 (see left). Forthcoming Number 9 productions include an adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations by acclaimed writer David Nicholls starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes; an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem by Jane Goldman (X Men: First Class, Kickass, Stardust); Oscar winner James Marsh’s ghost story Strangers from the novel by Taichi Yamada; and Dusty: Goddess of the Sixties focusing on the life of singer Dusty Springfield scripted by award winning screenwriter Enda Walsh (Chatroom, Hunger).

MEET THE PRODUCER: STEPHEN WOOLLEY Stephen Woolley began his career selling tickets and ice cream at the London art house cinema Screen on the Green in 1976. From his own rep cinema The Scala he launched Palace Video in 1982 in partnership with Nik Powell and a year later they established a theatrical arm, acquiring, marketing and distributing some 250 independent and european movies from The Evil Dead, and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence to When Harry Met Sally. During this period Woolley’s producing career flourished, with a diverse range of critically acclaimed and successful films including Absolute Beginners, Golden Globe nominated dance comedy Shag, and Scandal which attracted critical acclaim and box office success on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1983 Woolley’s long-term partnership with director Neil Jordan began with The Company of Wolves; he went on to produce the multi Oscar-nominated trio The End of The Affair, Michael Collins, Mona Lisa and Interview With The Vampire, as well as the Oscar-winning The Crying Game, for which in 1992 Woolley was awarded Producer of The Year by the

Producer’s Guild of America. In 2002 he cofounded Number 9 Films with long time collaborator and producing partner Elizabeth Karlsen, and in 2005 Woolley made his directorial debut with Stoned. His recent projects as producer with Elizabeth Karlsen have included And When Did You Last See Your Father? (see above) How To Lose Friends & Alienate People (see above); Sounds Like Teen Spirit; and Perrier’s Bounty (see above). Most recently Made in Dagenham (see above) has been nominated for 4 BAFTA awards, including Best British Film. Forthcoming Number 9 productions for 2012 include an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations (see above), directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire); Byzantium, written by Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre), starring Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drewe, Prince of Persia) and Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Atonement); as well as Hyena, the second feature from new talent Gerard Johnson (Tony).


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THE SPACE BETWEEN DIR: TIM BARROW CERT: 15, 2011, 85 MINS + Q&A FEATURING: VIVIEN REID, TIM BARROW, DAVID WHITNEY

Following its sold-out premiere at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse, The Space Between has been touring cinemas in Scotland.

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Tim has a passion for engaging with his audience, and will run a Q&A session after the screening.

Lisa spends her days numb, isolated, alone in a comfortless flat, her only respite coming when working at an observatory, bringing her close to the stars. In London Steven loses everything and heads for sanctuary to the city he grew up in. At dead of night, at their lowest points, Lisa and Steven find one another, discovering kindred spirits and a chance to turn their lives around.

MEET THE DIRECTOR: TIM BARROW

Shot over 17 days in Edinburgh, for only £15,000, The Space Between is written & directed by Tim Barrow, producer of awardwinning Scottish road movie The Inheritance. The central roles are taken by Tim and by Vivien Reid, who makes her screen debut after an extensive career in theatre. Joining them is David Whitney, a fast-rising star of stand-up comedy.

Born in Edinburgh, and brought up between Australia and Scotland, Tim Barrow trained as an actor at Drama Centre London. After working as an actor and writer Tim formed Lyre Productions, and in 2007 he wrote, produced & starred in The Inheritance – the award-winning independent Scottish road movie, directed by Charles Henri Belleville, which featured at Screenplay 2009. Winner of the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards, the film played film festivals and toured the UK, and was released on DVD along with a 60 minute documentary detailing exactly how it’s possible to make an award-winning film for £5,000. Critical and public acclaim followed, and Tim was nominated Best Producer at the 2008 BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards. His directing debut is The Space Between, an Edinburgh love story and redemption tale, and Lyre’s second feature. It is currently touring cinemas in Scotland. Tim says he is honoured to be presenting The Space Between at Screenplay 2011, and hosting a post-screening Q & A with the audience. Tim acts, writes, directs, produces, and divides his time between London & Edinburgh.

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ECSTATICS A LANGUAGE OF BIRDS EXHIBITION OF LINE DRAWINGS BY LAURA DREVER Laura has become an avid bird watcher but not in the traditional sense, her interest lies in the lines and pattern made through bird flight. From walking in the Orkney landscape observing bird flight, a collection of 16 line drawings – ‘A language of birds’ has been created. Drawn over a couple of years through noting, sketching and mapping patterns in her sketchbook compositions have appeared representing the motion of various birds. FIRST FLOOR FOYER ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE, FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER FREE


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THE THE THE

GOOD BAD &

MULTIPLEX MARK KERMODE BOOK LAUNCH & SIGNING FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 1830 - 1930 THE GARRISON THEATRE, LERWICK £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

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ECSTATICS A LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

BOOK LAUNCH & SIGNING PUBLISHED BY: BRAE EDITIONS THE PUBLISHER ACKNOWLEDGES FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM CREATIVE SCOTLAND

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THE PEOPLE Lesley Harrison grew up in Dundee, and has worked and travelled in Turkey, Mongolia, Africa and most recently Orkney. She looks to explore these remote locations in her writing. She now lives in Angus and works in Sutherland. This is her third poetry pamphlet. Laura Drever studied at ECA, retuning to Orkney in 2003 to continue her work as a landscape painter. She begins with direct experience with the landscape, walking and observing. Then, rather than sketches, she brings her memory of place, in its ever-changing character, back to the studio, and creates her drawing or painting from that starting point. Her work is regularly exhibited in Orkney and further afield.

THE EVENT

THE EVENT How many people do you know who can appear simultaneously, in the flesh, at two Festivals? We’re pretty sure that this is yet another first for us! And probably for Mark too. Once voted the world’s greatest film critic, the good Doctor makes his third appearance at Wordplay and his fifth at Screenplay, in order to introduce his latest book: ‘The Good the Bad and the Multiplex’, In this special event which is part of both festivals. Come to the Garrison and hear what will surely be one of the highlights of the weekend. Mark will talk about his book, answer questions (like what is wrong with modern movies?) and afterwards will be available to sign copies. Don’t miss it.

We are really proud that Brae Editions have elected to launch this excellent publication at Wordplay. The book, of original artwork and poetry is a collaboration between artist Laura Drever and poet Lesley Harrison. Come and meet both artists and the publisher and enjoy the chance to hear some excellent poetry and stimulating conversation. Not to mention the exhibition of the original drawings, which we will be exhibiting throughout the festival.


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RIDE, RISE, ROAR SCREENPLAY

DIR: HILLMAN CURTIS CERT: 12A, 2010, 83 MINS FEATURING: DAVID BYRNE, BRIAN ENO FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER, 2230 THE GARRISON THEATRE, LERWICK £6/£4 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3.50)

In 1984 Jonathon Demme made one of the truly great concert films, Stop Making Sense with David Byrne and Talking Heads. It was a captivating, rhythm-fuelled triumph of a film, that made you yearn to have been there for the live event. Twenty five years later and Byrne is back, only this time the subject is the 2008-9 tour, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. The tour highlighted his past and present collaboration with Brian Eno, and the film explores the creative processes that shaped that tour, and in particular the involvement of a trio of contemporary dancers with whom Byrne generously shares the stage.

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live performance, and in exploring his own creativity and that of others. A natural and energetic stage presence, he is still an artistic force of nature.

The result is an extraordinary fusion of music and dance, that is original, quirky and dynamic. It’s not Stop Making Sense, and once you accept that you can sit back and enjoy the experience on its own merits. Byrne is a quarter of a century older than he was then, but he still obviously delights in

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HORSEPLAY THE BOOK AND FILM BASED IMPROV SHOW FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2100 - 2200 ROOM 16 ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

THE PEOPLE

This improvisational comedy show, involving three of Scotland’s most talented comedians, a piano and you, is an absolute must see. You probably won’t forget it and you’ll certainly not regret it. Come and join us for an hour of absolute hilarity… and great subtletly… of course…

ALLEN CHAMBERS Allen began his comedy career at The Stand’s very own Velvet Virgins at The Stand in Edinburgh. His fun-loving blend of camp humour and musical stylings was an instant hit with audiences. Since then he has gigged up and down the country both as a solo act and as one of the original members, and main musical accompaniment, of the Dance Monkey Boy, Dance! Comedy improv troupe. Allen made his Fringe debut alongside Sandy Nelson and John Ross in Stand-up: The Musical. The show went on to a successful run at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

SANDY NELSON Actor, writer and comedian Sandy Nelson has been showing off professionally all of his adult life. He is best recognised as Chris The Postie in BBC’s Still Game and as John Wallace in the film Braveheart. He can also be seen swanning around the Isle of Unst where he has lived with his and son for three winters now. Be sure to read his ranty ramblings every month in Shetland Life.

RAYMOND MEARNS Raymond Mearns is one of the UK’s finest circuit comedians. At the same time he has successfully balanced his career to incorporate work as a character actor in film and TV with roles in the highly acclaimed Limmy’s Show (2010), The Rab C Nesbitt Christmas Special (2009) and as Happy Boab in the BBC Scotland sitcom: Legit (2008). Raymond’s films include Ae Fond Kiss (2004) and It’s a Free World (2007), both directed by the legendary Ken Loach. www.raymondmearns.com


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MEET THE ACTOR: JIM BROADBENT One of England’s most versatile actors, Jim Broadbent was born in 1949 in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Broadbent and sculptress Dee Broadbent. He attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school. His heart was in acting, though, and he later transferred to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Following his 1972 graduation, he began his professional career on the stage, performing with the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and as half of the National Theatre of Brent. In addition to his theatrical work, Jim did steady work on television, working for such directors as Mike Newell and Stephen Frears.

Longford see page 21

Topsy-Turvy see page 24

Jim made his film debut in 1978 with a small part in Jerzy Skolimowski’s The Shout. He went on to work with Frears again in The Hit and with Terry Gilliam in Time Bandits and Brazil, but it was through his collaboration with Mike Leigh that he first became known to an international film audience. In 1990 he starred in Leigh’s Life Is Sweet, a domestic comedy that cast him as a goodnatured cook who dreams of running his own business. The following year he had substantial roles in Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game and Mike Newell’s Enchanted April, and he could subsequently be seen in such diverse fare as Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, Richard Loncraine’s highly acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III, Little Voice, And When

Did You Last See Your Father?, Perriers Bounty and more recently Mike Leigh’s Another Year. Jim took centre stage for Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy, imbuing the mercurial W.S. Gilbert with emotional complexity and comic poignancy. In 2001 he starred in three critically and commercially successful films and many would consider him the definitive supporting actor of that year. First he starred as Bridget’s dad (Colin Jones) in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Next came the multiple Oscarnominated film (including Best Picture) Moulin Rouge! for which he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA award for his scenestealing performance as Harold Zidler. Then came the biopic Iris, for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as devoted husband John Bayley to Judi Dench’s Iris Murdoch, the British novelist who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Since then he has appeared in many films that have enjoyed mass appeal, including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Gangs of New York, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Damned United. On television he has starred in programs such as Longford (for which he won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe) and more recently the William Boyd adaptation Any Human Heart for Channel 4 and Exile for the BBC. It is a real privilege to welcome Jim to Shetland and we hope he will enjoy his time at Screenplay.


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THIS YEAR THE FESTIVAL CLUB WILL BE OPEN 1030 - 0100 ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, COME ALONG FOR A DRAM, A JAM AND A CHAT. WE’D LOVE TO SEE YOU! FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 1030 - 0100 SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1030 - 0100 SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1030 - 0100 ROOM 16 ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE FREE ADMISSION BOOK IN ADVANCE GET YOUR TICKETS NOW T: 01595 745555 www.shetlandboxoffice.org

MAIN VENUES LERWICK TOWN CENTRE 1. SHETLAND MUSEUM & ARCHIVES HAYS DOCK, LERWICK, ZE1 0WP Accessibility: Wheelchair access throughout, accessible toilets and an induction loop for the hard of hearing. Tel: 01595 695057 2. THE GARRISON THEATRE MARKET STREET, LERWICK, ZE1 0JN Accessibility: Wheelchair access throughout, accessible toilet and an induction loop for the hard of hearing. Contact Shetland Arts: 01595 743843 3. ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE + FESTIVAL CLUB & SHETLAND BOX OFFICE KING HARALD STREET, LERWICK, ZE1 0EQ Accessibility: Wheelchair access throughout, accessible toilets. Shetland Box Office: 01595 745555 Contact Shetland Arts: 01595 743843

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CALENDAR FRIDAY 26 AUGUST □ Life in a Day □ Archive Films □ Man of Aran

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Whalsay School Whalsay Care Centre Symbister Hall

1045 - 1220 1500 - 1600 1900 - 2030

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WJG Care Centre NAFC Marine College

1500 - 1600 1930 - 2100

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Bressay Community Hall Bressay Community Hall

1600 - 1715 1930 - 2110

£5/£3.50 £5/£3.50

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Sandwick JH School Hoswick Visitor Centre

1400 - 1535 1930 - 2130

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The Garrison Theatre The Garrison Theatre The Garrison Theatre

1400 - 1550 1900 - 2030 2130 - 2230

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Mid Yell JH School Nordalea Unst The Garrison Theatre The Garrison Theatre

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The Garrison Theatre The Garrison Theatre

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Shetland Museum & Archives The Garrison Theatre First Floor Foyer - Islesburgh The Garrison Theatre Room 16 - Islesburgh The Garrison Theatre

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SATURDAY 27 AUGUST □ Archive Films □ Man of Aran

SUNDAY 28 AUGUST □ Winnie the Pooh □ Life in a Day

MONDAY 29 AUGUST □ Life in a Day □ Exit Through the Gift Shop + Discussion

TUESDAY 30 AUGUST □ Away From Her □ My Dog Tulip □ Submarine Man + Q&A

WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST □ Life in a Day □ Archive Films □ LIAF shorts (7 - 14 year olds) □ Made in Dagenham + Q&A

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THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER □ Home Made in Shetland □ The Crying Game + Q&A

FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER □ Man of Aran □ Mark Kermode Book launch □ Ecstatics Book Launch □ The Space Between + Q&A □ HorsePlay □ Ride, Rise, Roar

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SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER □ Poetry & Place - David Wheatley □ Young Writer Award □ Local People, Local Places - R Hutchinson □ Book Work - Carol Dunbar □ Kirsty & Da Snarravoe Njuggle □ Le Grand Testament - Book Launch □ Bridging The Gap

Room 10 - Islesburgh Room 12 - Islesburgh Room 11 - Islesburgh Radio Room - Islesburgh Room 16 - Islesburgh Room 12 - Islesburgh The Garrison Theatre

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□ If I Can Write, You Can Write - Viv French □ A Time to Keep - Lise Sinclair □ And Then Forever - Christine De Luca □ Longford followed by A Sense of History □ The Isle of Rust - Jonathan Meades □ Blast Off! - Sally Kindberg □ Andrew Greig & Ron Butlin □ Reading - Jonathan Meades □ Poetry - Simon Armitage

Room 16 - Islesburgh Room 12 - Islesburgh Room 10 - Islesburgh The Garrison Theatre Room 16 - Islesburgh Room 10 - Islesburgh Room 12 - Islesburgh Room 16 - Islesburgh Room 16 - Islesburgh

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□ Life Above All (subtitled) □ BeMUSEd - Ian Macpherson & Magi Gibson □ Topsy-Turvy

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□ Writing Children’s Fiction - Viv French □ Up The Brae! - Alistair Peebles □ Kirsty & Da Snarravoe Njuggle □ At the Loch of the Green Corrie - Greig

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□ Winnie the Pooh □ Surrealism - Jonathan Meades □ Islands: Fact & Fiction □ Fireside Tales by George Stewart - Tom Morton □ Seriously Sassy - Maggi Gibson □ Pre-School Kids Event □ Hans Christian Andersen □ Poetry - John Glenday & David Wheatley □ Blast Off! - Sally Kindberg □ In Conversation - Lochhead/ Naughtie □ Note Book - Carol Dunbar □ LIAF shorts (0 - 6 year olds) □ A Funny Thing Happened... - James Naughtie

The Garrison Theatre Room 16 - Islesburgh Room 12 - Islesburgh Room 10 - Islesburgh Room 16 - Islesburgh Multi Purpose Room - Islesburgh The Garrison Theatre Room 12 - Islesburgh Room 10 - Islesburgh Room 16 - Islesburgh Room 12 - Islesburgh The Garrison Theatre Room 16 - Islesburgh

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□ Monsters □ These Islands We Sing □ Chico & Rita (subtitled)

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POETRY & DAVID WHEATLEY

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YOUNG PLACE WRITER AWARD PRIZEGIVING SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 0945 - 1025 ROOM 12 ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE More than just a prize-giving ceremony, this is a celebration of Shetland’s literary future.

POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 0930 - 1030 ROOM 10, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £5/£4

THE EVENT David Wheatley will lead a workshop about writing poetry inspired by place. Some

experience in writing poetry is desirable but not essential to get the most out of this excellent opportunity to develop your writing.

‘Mocker’ and ‘A Nest on the Waves’. His prizes include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, and he appears in anthologies including ‘Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets’ and ‘The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry’. He lectures at the David Wheatley was born in Dublin University of Hull. in 1970 and is the author of four collections of poetry with Gallery Press: ‘Thirst’, ‘Misery Hill’,

THE PERSON

Now run by Shetland Library, this competition has been going for 20 years. Many of its previous prizewinners have gone on to have careers in Literature and in the Performing Arts. All winning entries are published in the New Shetlander and read aloud by the authors on Radio Shetland. With 136 entries this year, it is as popular as ever – who will be the winners this year? Come along and see and hear their work being read!

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ROGER HUTCHINSON WRITING WORKSHOP SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 0930 - 1130 ROOM 11 ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £5/£4

Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme’, which was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year award in 2004.

Roger Hutchinson has received a number of awards, including British Weekly Sportswriter of the Year in 1996. His books include ‘Polly, the True Story Behind Whisky Galore’, ‘Aleister Crowley, The Beast Demystified’, and ‘The

Roger also has an excellent reputation as a writing tutor. In this workshop, he will examine how to use local and family history as a starting place for your writing.

His bestselling ‘Calum’s Road’, which was described by Magnus Linklater in Scotland On Sunday as “destined to become a minor Roger Hutchinson is an author and classic”, was shortlisted for the journalist. During the 1970s he Royal Society of Literature’s edited the magazines Oz, Ondaatje Prize in 2008. International Times and Time Out in London. In 1977 he moved to His latest book, ‘The Silent Skye to join the staff of the West Weaver: The Extraordinary Life Highland Free Press, for which he and Times of Angus MacPhee’, will is still a columnist. be published in October 2011.


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BOOK WORK WORDPLAY

CAROL DUNBAR

BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1000 - 1600 RADIO ROOM, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £30

regular visitor to Shetland since undertaking a short residency at the Booth in 2005. She is Education Officer at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness. www.caroldunbar.co.uk

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THE PERSON

A workshop for adults introducing simple bookbinding techniques, Carol Dunbar is based in Orkney including traditional Japanese and has been leading workshops stab-bindings. Participants will for adults and children for over 25 have the opportunity to complete years. She is particularly several books and pamphlets. The interested in simple book making workshop is suitable for both structures and Japanese stitching beginners and those with some techniques. She has been a experience. Materials and specialist equipment will be supplied.

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KIRSTY & DA SNARRAVOE NJUGGLE SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1030 - 1130 & SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1100 - 1200 ROOM 16 ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £5 (EARLY BIRD £3) AGE: 8+ This exciting multi media performance tells the story of 10 year old Kirsty who is sent to stay with her Granny. A modern girl with modern interests she is quickly bored with her oldfashioned Granny who lives in oldfashioned, rural Shetland. Disgruntled, Kirsty goes for a walk, and meets what she thinks is a friendly pony. It is no pony though…it is actually the Snarravoe Njuggle! Kirsty makes the mistake of getting on the back of the pony, who transforms into a njuggle and in a second, with a flash of blue flame, runs with

Kirsty towards the loch of Snarravoe. The njuggle then dives into the water, taking Kirsty down with her...What will happen next? Will Kirsty be lost forever? Come to the performance and discover answers…     The show stars Hannah Uttley as Kirsty and will feature a mixture of live acting, original film sequences and shadow puppetry. The story is told in Shetland dialect and its purpose is to introduce and dramatise some of the interesting and entertaining stories of Shetland folklore. The experience will be as scary and full of suspense as it is traditional and full of Shetland culture. This project is funded by Scotland’s Islands and run by SIC Creative Links and Drama Co-ordinator.

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LE GRAND TESTAMENT BOOK LAUNCH SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1045 - 1145 ROOM 12, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE

THE PEOPLE

THE EVENT

The Hansel Cooperative Press Hansel is a not-for-profit cooperative of writers and artists which promotes literary and artistic works relating to Orkney and Shetland. They are, as yet fairly new and small. Their projects are aimed at all age groups.

Francois Villon’s ‘Grand Testament’, is a mediaeval French classic. In 1461, at the age of thirty, Villon began to compose the poem, which he named ‘Le Grand Testament’ (1461–1462). This “testament” has generally been judged Villon’s greatest work.

The work, some 2023 verses long, has been translated several times and was even adapted as a libretto by Ezra Pound for his opera Le Testament de Villon in the 1920s. The celebrated Shetland poet, William (Billy) Tait translated it into Shetland Dialect and it is now published by The Hansel Cooperative Press. We are very proud to be hosting the launch of this quite extraordinary work at Wordplay 2011.

Visit our stand at Wordplay 2011 dip into a selection of books by participating writers. discoVer our full range of books, including Shetland interest titles, at The Shetland Times Bookshop opening hours - Monday-Friday 9aM-6pM • saturday 9aM-5pM


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IF I CAN WRITE, YOU CAN WRITE!

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VIV FRENCH WORDPLAY

A TIME TO KEEP LISE SINCLAIR

AND THEN WORDPLAY

FOREVER A NOVEL BY CHRISTINE DE LUCA

CHILDREN’S EVENT SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1145 - 1245 ROOM 16, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £5 (EARLY BIRD £3) AGE: 7-12 (AND IT’S NOT THE END OF THE

We are very excited that Viv has agreed to come back – she is a hugely talented writer and performer and is always a massive hit with the kids.

WORLD IF YOU’RE YOUNGER OR OLDER!)

Vivian French will be talking about her series ‘Tales From the Five Kingdoms’. Come and make up a name for a character in her new book, and find out how writing can be FUN!

THE PERSON Vivian French is absolutely delighted to be back in Shetland! The author of over two hundred books for children, she also writes plays, and Baby Baby (soon to be presented by Dundee Rep) had its premiere at the Garrison Theatre in 2009. She has been to Wordplay twice before, and says it’s one of her favourite festivals. ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1210 - 1250 ROOM 12, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

THE PERSON Lise is a poet and songwriter from Fair Isle. Her suite of music, ‘Ivver Entrancin Wis’ (shetlandmusic 2008) for cello, harp, viola and voice, based on poetry from Shetland was launched at Celtic Connections with Fiddlers Bid. Other poetry setting projects, featured poems by James Clerk Maxwell (Orkney Science Festival 2007), ‘Under the Evening Sky’ (2010) for the Scottish Poetry Library and Literature Across Frontiers with performances in Argyll, Edinburgh Book Festival (2008), Reyjavík Literature Festival (2009), and in Vilnius & Riga (2010). BOOK LAUNCH SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1245 - 1345 ROOM 10, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE

THE PERSON Born in Bressa and brought up in Waas, Christine is a prize-winning poet who has had five collections of poetry published and won the Prix Du Livre Insulaire 2007 for a bilingual Selected. Christine has taken Shetland poetry all over the world and Scotland. She is also a member of Hansel Cooperative Press and an active member of Shore Poets, Edinburgh. ‘And then Forever’ is her first novel.

THE BOOK Katherine Maitland has always wondered what happened to her Shetland grandfather when he

THE EVENT

Other recent work includes ‘White Below’ (Hansel Cooperative Press 2010), ‘Empty Ocean’ (Radio 3 2009) and, rather more agricultural than cultural: poems on the Shetland crofting landscape in collaboration with artist Tommy Hyndman.

THE EVENT Come and hear Lise perform an intimate, solo accoustic set of songs from her forthcoming CD ‘A Time to Keep’; written with Astvaldur Traustasson, based on George Mackay Brown’s collection of short stories of the same title. The CD is due for release in early March 2012 and is part of a project funded by Creative Scotland and Scotland’s Islands.

emigrated to Winnipeg around 1900; why his life turned out the way it did. She sets out on a journey of discovery, based on the slimmest of evidence, and in the process, her own life takes a new and unforeseen turn. Part historical, part contemporary quest, the two stories of this novel intertwine and reflect one another with considerable deftness. They are, above all else, about the human condition, and the constraints on deciding our own destinies.

THE EVENT Shetland Arts is thrilled to host the launch of Christine De Luca’s first novel, which is published by The Shetland Times. Come along and hear Christine talk about the book and read from it… you might also want to buy a copy? We are sure Christine will be pleased to sign it for you.


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LONGFORD DIR: TOM HOOPER WRITER: PETER MORGAN PRODUCER: HELEN FLINT EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: ANDY HARRIES & PETER MORGAN UNCLASSIFIED, 90 MINS + Q&A FEATURING: JIM BROADBENT, SAMANTHA MORTON, ANDY SERKIS, LINDSAY DUNCAN SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER, 1330 THE GARRISON THEATRE FREE BY KIND PERMISSION OF CHANNEL 4 Between 1963 and 1965 five children between the ages of ten and seventeen were murdered in the Manchester area. The graves of two of them were discovered on Saddleworth Moor, thus forever characterising these terrible crimes as ‘The Moors Murders’. In 1966 Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were sentenced to life imprisonment (although at that time the authorities only had sufficient evidence in respect of three of the victims). Over the next thirty six years Hindley repeatedly petitioned for parole, claiming to be a reformed woman, and in this she was supported by Lord Longford, a prison visitor and campaigner for prisoners’ rights. She died in prison in 2002, a year after Lord Longford’s death. Ian Brady remains imprisoned at Ashworth High Security Hospital. Peter Morgan wrote the script for this powerful television film for

Jim Broadbent, and he gives one of the greatest performances you are ever likely to watch as the humanitarian and deeply Christian peer, whose campaigning activities on behalf of Hindley (who was often referred to as ‘the most hated woman in Britain’) provoked a storm of public hostility, opprobrium from his political colleagues and criticism from his own family. Broadbent is ably supported by a magnificent cast. Samantha Morton is utterly convincing as Myra Hindley and Andy Serkis gives a blood-chilling performance as Ian Brady. Longford was shown on Channel 4 in 2006 and subsequently went on to garner a host of awards and nominations including a Golden Globe award for best film (2006) and a BAFTA for Jim Broadbent ...FOLLOWED BY (Best Actor) in 2007. Having been made for television, the film has never received a rating from the British Board of Film Classification, but given its grim theme, it is not recommended for pre-teen audiences. Jim Broadbent will introduce this film and take part in a Q and A session after the screening. Shetland Arts is grateful to executive producer Andy Harries and to John Whiston from ITV for all their help in making this screening happen.

A SENSE OF HISTORY DIR: MIKE LEIGH WRITER: JIM BROADBENT CERT: 12A, 22 MINS + INTRO FEATURING: JIM BROADBENT, BELINDA BRADLEY, STEPHEN BILL FREE BY KIND PERMISSION OF CHANNEL 4

Short film written by Jim Broadbent, wherein he purports to be the 23rd Earl of Leete, showing a film crew around his estate. But as the ‘documentary’ unfolds, things are definitely not what they seem to be. A darkly comic critique of the English aristocracy.

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JONATHAN MEADES THE PERSON

Jonathan Meades has written and performed in some sixty television shows on such subjects as the utopian avoidance of right angles, the foreigness of Scotland, the appeal of Birmingham, the Victorians’ debt to opium and tertiary syphilis, the regeneration racket etc. He is the author of two novels, two collections of journalism and a book of short stories. He lives in Marseille.

THE TALK

SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1510 - 1610 ROOM 16, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3) In this event, Jonathan will read from the book he is currently

working on, and speak more generally about places and their relationship to fiction.

THE FILMS

THE ISLE OF RUST - A DOCUMENTARY SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1300 - 1400 ROOM 16, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE

SURREALISM - A DOCUMENTARY SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1230 - 1330 ROOM 16, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE

Surrealism – a television documentary in which Jonathan Meades takes a critical look at Surrealism: what does the word mean? Bizarre? Southern Royal? Described by an online reviewer as Fascinating: entertaining, thought “a truly authentic outside view of provoking, informative and … in the long island, warts and all.” places a bit surreal, really… This documentary sees Jonathan Meades explore Lewis – the Isle of Rust alluded to in the title, where farm machinery and cars are left to rust rather than scrapped and where the architecture reflects the religion.


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Bonhoga Gallery Exhibition

The Illustrators

An exhibition of contemporary children’s book illustration curated by Julia Donaldson Saturday 20 August - Sunday 25 September Bonhoga Gallery, Cafe & Shop, Weisdale Mill, Shetland

Admission Free Opening hours: Tues - Sat: 1030-1630 Sun: 1200 - 1630 Tel: 01595 745750 Email: bonhoga@shetlandarts.org

BLAST OFF! WORDPLAY

SALLY KINDBERG

GREIG & BUTLIN WORDPLAY

READING SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1400 - 1500 ROOM 12, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

THE EVENT INTERACTIVE COMIC STRIP WORKSHOP SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1400 - 1500 ROOM 10 ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE AGES 5-11 SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1500 - 1600 ROOM 10 ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE AGES 5-11

THE PERSON Author and illustrator Sally Kindberg has drawn pictures for three Bloomsbury comic strip books and is currently working on a fourth one about dinosaurs. An omnibus edition is available this September.

THE EVENT Meet astronauts, aliens and astronomers - one with a golden nose -  in Sally Kindberg’s interactive comic strip BLAST OFF! workshops.   Suitable for 5-11 year olds.  Families and visitors from other galaxies most welcome. www.sallykindberg.co.uk

Round 1989 he began spending winters in Stromness, Orkney. His writing includes novels, such as ‘Electric Brae’, ‘The Return of John McNab’ and ‘Romanno Bridge’ his poetry collections include, ‘Getting Higher: The Complete Mountain Poems’ (Birlinn/Polygon,) and ‘This Life, This Life: New and Selected Poems’.

A rich mixture of poetry, song and prose fiction from two of the finest and most celebrated writers in the www.andrew-greig.weebly.com country. Come and hear them Ron Butlin is the current read, see them perform and ask them questions. Edinburgh Poet Laureate. He has published eleven books. ‘The Sound of My Voice’ was awarded the Prix MillePages and Prix Andrew Greig was born in Stirling Lucioles (both for Best Foreign Novel), and was included in the in 1951. His childhood was in Bannockburn (the river ran recent The Guardian’s ‘1000 Books through the garden) adolescence You Have To Read’. He is also an acclaimed opera librettist. in the East Fife coastal town of Anstruther. After a year of His new collection of poetry ‘The drifting, salmon netting, hop picking and writing, he went to Magicians of Edinburgh’ will be Edinburgh University (Honours published next year. At present, he Philosophy 1975) and lived there is finishing a novel. Ron lives in and in South Queensferry for Edinburgh with his wife the writer nearly twenty years. Through the Regi Claire and their golden mid-80s he climbed on a series of retriever. Himalayan expeditions, and spent time in Canada (usual reasons). www.ronbutlin.co.uk

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POETRY LIFE ABOVE ALL WORDPLAY

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SPONSORED BY SHETLAND AMNESTY

SIMON ARMITAGE

POETRY READING SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1620 - 1720 ROOM 16, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

THE EVENT

He writes for radio, television and film, and is the author of four stage plays, including Mister Heracles, a version of the Euripides play The Madness of Heracles. His dramatisation of the Odyssey, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2004 and is available through BBC Worldwide. It is published by Faber and Faber and by Norton in the US. He received an Ivor Novello Award for his song-lyrics in the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings, which also won a BAFTA.

This is Simon Armitage’s first appearance at Britain’s most northerly book festival. As well as being a celebrated writer, he is a wonderful performer. Come and hear him read his work and answer His two novels, ‘Little Green Man’ and ‘The White Stuff’ were questions from the audience; ask published by Penguin in 2001 and him a question yourself. 2004, respectively.

THE PERSON

‘The Shout’, a book of new and selected poems was published in the US in April 2005 by Harcourt. His acclaimed and best-selling He has published ten volumes of translation of the middle English poetry including ‘Selected Poems’, classic poem ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ was published by 2001 (Faber & Faber) and Faber & Faber in the UK and ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Norton in the US. An illustrated Corduroy Kid’ and ‘Seeing Stars’, both published by Faber & Faber in version of the translation was published by the Folio Society in the UK and Knopf in the United States. He has received numerous 2008. awards for his poetry including the Sunday Times Author of the Year, In 2010 he was awarded the CBE one of the first Forward Prizes and for services to poetry. a Lannan Award. Simon Armitage was born in 1963 and lives in West Yorkshire.

DIR: OLIVER SCHMITZ CERT: 15, 105 MINS SUBTITLED FEATURING: KHOMOTSO MANYAKA, LERATO MVELASE, HARRIET MANAMELA, AUBREY POOLO SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER, 1700 THE GARRISON THEATRE £6/£4 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3.50) When 12 year-old Chanda and her family learn of an unpleasant rumour that is spreading through their village like wildfire, her mother is forced to seek refuge from the prejudice of her superstitious neighbours. Chanda soon begins to suspect, however, that things might not be as they seem: fearing for her mother’s safety and unable to trust even those closest to her, she sets out on a journey to uncover the truth. Life, Above All is a resonant and emotional drama about a young girl (stunningly performed by firsttime-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart.

The film is based on the bestselling novel ‘Chanda’s Secrets’ by Allan Stratton. First published in 2004, it won numerous awards and turned out to be a bestseller in eleven countries. In the book 16-year-old Chanda not only finds out how ever-present death is in the southern parts of Africa, but also how no one around her dares to talk openly about the cause of these deaths – AIDS. There are an estimated 800,000 AIDS-related orphans who have to fend for themselves without any support from the government or other sources. This a story about children who have to take on responsibilities much too early in life and never get to experience a normal childhood. It is a universal issue that affects children all over the world. Life, Above All premiered in 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Francois Chalais Prize. This was followed by the BFI London Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in March. It was also shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.


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BeMUSEd WORDPLAY

IAN MACPHERSON & MAGI GIBSON

READING SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1730 - 1830 ROOM 12 ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

THE EVENT Stirling Machar Magi Gibson is a poet. Her best known volume is ‘Wild Women of a Certain Age’. Ian Macpherson is a writer and comedian. His BBC Radio 4 stories, ‘Bottled Air’, chronicle life with poet Florette. But is Florette Magi? And if Magi’s love poems are all about Ian, then who’s Bruce?  BeMUSEd is an entertaining session of poetry and stories. It explores what happens when two writers share a one-bedroom flat full of people, most of them fictional.  “One of the most creative and intelligent comedians I’ve ever seen” THE GUARDIAN

THE PEOPLE Magi is the first Makar of the City of Stirling in 500 years. She has held three Scottish Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships and one Royal Literary Fellowship. She has published four collections of poetry. Her sequence, ‘The Senile Dimension’, won the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Writing Prize. Her work appears in many

TOPSYTURVY SCREENPLAY

DIR: MIKE LEIGH CERT: 12A, 158 MINS + Q&A FEATURING: JIM BROADBENT, ALLAN CORDUNER, LESLEY MANVILLE, TIMOTHY SPALL

magazines and anthologis, including ‘Scottish Love Poems’ and ‘Modern Scottish Women Poets’ (both Canongate), and ‘The Twentieth Century Book of Scottish Poetry’ (Edinburgh University Press). Her third poetry collection, ‘Wild Women of a Certain Age’, published by Chapman, is now in its third print run. Magi also writes for children.  Originally from Kilsyth, she has lived and worked for most of her adult life near Stirling. She currently lives in Glasgow with her partner, writer and comedian Ian Macpherson.  Ian Macpherson is from Dublin. Moving to London he won the first Time Out Comedy Award in 1988. Several one-man shows followed at the Edinburgh festival, including The Chair at the Assembly Rooms (2001) and The Joy Of Death (2002) at the Pleasance. In 1999 he published ‘Deep Probings’, which was broadcast on Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime in 2004. He followed this with a children’s book, ‘Late Again!’ He has completed four further children’s books, most recently ‘The Boy With The Secret Brain’. His play, Anguish With Posie, premiered at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, in Jan 2010. ‘The Autobiography Of Ireland’s Greatest Living Genius’ comprising ‘Deep Probings’ and the recently completed ‘Posterity Now’ - was published by Gnarled Tree Press, an imprint of Cloudberry Books, in August 2011.

Gilbert and Sullivan but to the world of theatre itself, with every aspect of the ‘theatre business’ featured. Jim Broadbent plays Gilbert as a professional perfectionist who immerses SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER, 2000 himself in the theatre world, not THE GARRISON THEATRE, only because he’s very good at it, LERWICK but because it allows him to avoid £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £6/£4.50) facing up to the emotional life of his family. Allan Corduner’s After a series of hugely acclaimed Sullivan is the exact opposite, a comic operettas the partnership man who indulges all his vices of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan freely (and mostly happily), but seems to be faltering when their who longs to achieve his dream of most recent production flops. writing something significant and Sullivan has become tired of what serious that will change the world. he sees to be a clichéd formula whilst Gilbert believes they should The cast, many of whom are Leigh simply carry on as before. Sullivan ‘regulars’ all excel in this hugely decides to go off and work on a enjoyable film; the set design is serious opera, leaving impresario gorgeous and the dialogue is spotRichard D’Oyly Carte in limbo. on, and like Gilbert’s songs, When Gilbert’s wife persuades him frequently laugh-out-loud. to attend an exhibition about Japan, he is inspired to create a The works of Gilbert and Sullivan new work, ‘The Mikado’, which appear sadly to be out of fashion rejuvenates the old partnership. in this age of cynicism. This is a great shame. They were bright, Mike Leigh is better known for cheerful, self-mocking, ironic and films devised with his cast, that often very, very funny indeed - as have something mordant and is this lovely film. sometimes very humorous to say about contemporary society. In Jim Broadbent will introduce Topsy-Turvy he takes quite a Topsy-Turvy and take part in a different path; the film feels like a discussion/Q&A session homage not only to the work of afterwards


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WRITING WORDPLAY

CHILDREN’S

FICTION VIV FRENCH CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1000 - 1100 ROOM 10, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £5

at the Garrison Theatre in 2009. She has been to Wordplay twice before, and says it’s one of her favourite festivals.

THE EVENT In this event, Viv will lead a workshop for adults about how to write fiction for children.

THE PERSON Vivian French is absolutely thrilled to be back in Shetland! The author of over two hundred books for children, she also writes plays, and Baby Baby (soon to be presented by Dundee Rep) had its premiere

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ADVENTURES IN SMALL PRESS PUBLISHING ALISTAIR PEEBLES ILLUSTRATED LECTURE SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1030 - 1130 ROOM 11, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

THE EVENT The launch at Wordplay this year of ‘Ecstatics: a language of birds’, by Laura Drever and Lesley Harrison, provides an opportunity for him to speak about the origins and development of the imprint, and the work of other presses which interest him. His illustrated lecture will describe how ‘Ecstatics’ came about, as well as other recent projects, including ‘Heaps’, the ‘Hoy Brae’ series, a collaboration with

Thomas A Clark and Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology, and ‘Orkney Futures: a handbook’. See www.braeprojects.com and www.hoyhereandthere.co.uk

THE PEOPLE Alistair Peebles is a poet and small press publisher. He has been an English Teacher, former Chair of Orkney Arts Forum and founded the George Mackay Brown Fellowship in 2006, and its predecessor, the Orkney Writing Fellowship, in 1997. Alistair Peebles founded his small press imprint, Brae Editions, in Orkney in 2007, as a development from Porteous Brae Gallery in Stromness.

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AT THE LOCH OF THE

GREEN CORRIE ANDREW GREIG

READING SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1140 - 1240 ROOM 12. ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

THE PERSON

Andrew Greig was born in Stirling in 1951. His childhood was in Bannockburn (the river ran through the garden), his adolescence in the East Fife coastal town of Anstruther. After a year of drifting, salmon netting, hop picking and writing, he went Poet, novelist and songwriter to Edinburgh University (Honours Andrew Greig is no stranger to Philosophy 1975) and lived there Shetland and we are delighted to and in South Queensferry for be welcoming him to his first nearly twenty years. Through the appearance at Wordplay. mid-80s he climbed on a series of Himalayan expeditions, and spent In this event Andrew will read from time in Canada (usual reasons). his highy successful book, ‘At The Round 1989 he began spending Loch of the Green Corrie’ and talk winters in Stromness, Orkney. His about the life and poetry of his writing includes novels, such as friend, the late, great Norman ‘Electric Brae’, ‘The Return of MacCaig. John McNab’ and ‘Romanno Bridge’. His poetry collections include, ‘Getting Higher: The Complete Mountain Poems’ (Birlinn/Polygon,) and ‘This Life, This Life: New and Selected Poems’. www.andrew-greig.weebly.com

THE EVENT

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ISLANDS: FACT & FICTION

MARGARET ELPHINSTONE & ROGER HUTCHINSON

ILLUSTRATED LECTURE SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1250 - 1350 ROOM 12, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

THE EVENT Both Roger Hutchinson and Margaret Elphinstone have lived on and written about islands and island life – one factually and one in novels. In this session they come together to offer their own perspectives on island life and writing about it. Come and hear them talk and read from their

work and answer questions in what promises to be a fascinating session.

‘Polly, the True Story Behind Whisky Galore’, ‘Aleister Crowley, The Beast Demystified’, and ‘The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme’, which was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Margaret Elphinstone’s latest Book of the Year award in 2004. novel, ‘The Gathering Night’, was Roger Hutchinson is an author and His bestselling ‘Calum’s Road’, journalist. During the 1970s he which was described by Magnus published by Canongate in May edited the magazines Oz, Linklater in Scotland On Sunday 2009. She is the author of seven International Times and Time Out as “destined to become a minor previous novels, including ‘The Sea Road’, ‘Hy Brasil’, ‘Voyageurs’ in London. In 1977 he moved to classic”, was shortlisted for the and ‘Light’, as well as poetry, short Skye to join the staff of the West Royal Society of Literature’s stories, literary criticism and two Highland Free Press, for which he Ondaatje Prize in 2008. is still a columnist. His latest book, ‘The Silent books on organic gardening. She has spent her working life in Roger Hutchinson has received a Weaver: The Extraordinary Life various parts of Scotland including number of awards, including and Times of Angus MacPhee’, will Shetland, Galloway, Edinburgh, British Weekly Sportswriter of the be published in October 2011. Glasgow and Moray, and is Year in 1996. His books include

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Emeritus Professor in the Department of English Studies, University of Strathclyde. She has two daughters and three grandchildren and lives in Galloway with her partner.


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SHETLAND

FIRESIDE TALES (OR THE HERMIT OF TROSWICKNESS)

GEORGE STEWART TOM MORTON

BOOK LAUNCH SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1300 - 1350 ROOM 10, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE

THE PEOPLE Tom Morton is a broadcaster, musician, songwriter, journalist, radio crofter and novelist. Tom is indeed a man of many talents. His latest novel, ‘Serpentine’, published in 2009, is now available in paperback. George Stewart: 1825 -1911, born in Sandwick. A celebrated Shetland writer, who began his career aged 15 as a teacher of school in Vatchley. He died on Vancouver Island on 18th January 1911 at the age of 86.

THE BOOK Stewart’s ‘Fireside Tales’ were first published in Edinburgh in 1877, and ran to a second edition within a few years. This is WORDPLAY

SERIOUSLY

SASSY MAGGI GIBSON

ILLUSTRATED LECTURE SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1400 - 1500 ROOM 16, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £5 (EARLY BIRD £3) AGES: 8-13

THE EVENT Come along and meet Maggi and hear her read from her books and answer your questions.

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generally credited as being the first substantial work in Modern Shetlandic Scots. It hasn’t been reprinted since 1923, until now. Peter Jamieson writes in ‘Letters on Shetland’, (London, 1949), that “The Fireside Tales contain perhaps the most complete narrative of many aspects of Shetland crofting and fishing life and work, with descriptions of the people’s amusements, songs, tales, superstitions and beliefs ever written.”

THE EVENT In this event, celebrated writer and broadcaster, Tom Morton launches an new edition of ‘Shetland Fireside Tales (or The Hermit of Troswickness)’ by George Stewart which was first printed in 1877. This new edition is published by The Shetland Times. Come along and help re-launch an exceptional piece of work.

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Maggi Gibson was born in a castle, so she figures that makes her a princess. She’s the author of the fun and feisty ‘Seriously Sassy’ series from Puffin. “Clever, crazy, cool, you’ll love them.” (Cathy Cassidy). ‘Seriously Sassy’ was shortlisted for the Green Festival Book Award in the USA in 2010, and is about a fun-loving, ecoaware thirteen year old who wants to save the world, and be a singing sensation too. Maggi’s currently writing a new series called ‘Best Friend Magic’ and has just finished a new novel, ‘Angel’s Game.’

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PRE-SCHOOL KIDS EVENTS

SHETLAND FAMILY CENTRE SERVICES PRE SCHOOL CHILDREN’S EVENT SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1400 - 1600 MULTI PURPOSE ROOM, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE - LIMITED SPACES SO PRE BOOKING IS NECESSARY

Come along and join in the fun in this event, run by Shetland Family Centre Services. There will be lots to do: games to play and storytime sessions.


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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN SCREENPLAY

THE UGLY DUCKLING There once was an ugly duckling With feathers all stubby and brown And the other birds in so many words said (Quack!) Get out of town! (Quack!) Get out (Quack, quack!) get out, (Quack, quack!) Get out of town! And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack In a flurry of eiderdown. That poor little ugly duckling Went wandering far and near But at every place they said to his face, now (Quack!) Get out of here! (Quack!) Get out (Quack, quack!) get out (Quack, quack!) Get out of here! And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack And a very unhappy tear.

DIR: CHARLES VIDOR CERT: U, 1952, 112 MINS + INTRO FEATURING: DANNY KAYE, FARLEY GRAINGER, JEANNEMARIE SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER, 1400 THE GARRISON THEATRE, LERWICK £6/£4 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3.50) CALLING ALL GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT-GRANDPARENTS! Remember when Sunday afternoon films meant curling up in an armchair to watch heartwarming tales with lots of singing and dancing that always had a happy ending? It’s time to introduce your grandchildren to

those simple pleasures, and what better way to do so than in the company of the massively talented Danny Kaye in this charming tale of a Danish cobbler who goes to Copenhagen to make his fortune. In his home town, Hans is always in trouble with the school teacher for keeping the children away from their studies with his tall tales and humorous songs. When the town council can no longer put up with him, he and his assistant, Peter, travel to Copenhagen where Hans falls in love with a ballet dancer, and where his stories capture the attention of the local newspaper.

Wonderful Copenhagen, Thumbelina, Inchworm, The King Was in the Altogether, I’m Hans Christian Andersen) including the tale of the ugly duckling who turns into a swan. This is where you, the audience, get to join in. This will be an audience sing-along moment, so start practising the lyrics below! Mark Kermode will lead us in a quick practise session before the film starts – please decide before you arrive if you want to be a singer or a ‘quacker’….. And if your grandchildren want to dress up as a character from a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, we’d love to see them!

There are lots of memorable tunes to hum along to (Wonderful,

POETRY WORDPLAY

JOHN GLENDAY & DAVID WHEATLEY

POETRY READING SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1400 - 1500 ROOM 12, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

All through the wintertime he hid himself away, Ashamed to show his face, afraid of what others might say. All through the winter in his lonely clump of weed, Till a flock of swans spied him there and very soon agreed: “You’re a very fine swan indeed!” “A swan? Me a swan? Ah, go on!” And they said “Yes, you’re a swan, “Take a look at yourself in the lake and you’ll see!” And he looked, and he saw, and he said: “I AM a swan! Wheeeeee!” “I’m not such an ugly duckling No feathers all stubby and brown For in fact these birds in so many words said (Quack!) The best in town! (Quack!) The best (Quack, quack!) The best (Quack, quack!) The best in town! “Not a quack, not a quack, not a waddle or a quack But a glide and a whistle and a snowy white back And a head so noble and high! Say, who is the ugly duckling? Not I! Not I!”

Prize, and he appears in anthologies including ‘Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets’ and ‘The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry’. He lectures at the University of Hull.

John Glenday was born in Broughty Ferry in 1952. His first collection, ‘The Apple Ghost’ won Come and hear these two fine a Scottish Arts Council Book poets of diverse origin read from Award and his second, ‘Undark’, their work and answer questions was a Poetry Book Society from the audience. Recommendation. His most recent collection, ‘Grain’, (Picador, 2009) was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted David Wheatley was born in Dublin for both the Ted Hughes Award in 1970 and is the author of four and the Griffin International Prize collections of poetry with Gallery for Poetry. He is a judge for the Press: ‘Thirst’, ‘Misery Hill’, 2011 National Poetry Competition. ‘Mocker’ and ’A Nest on the He lives in Drumnadrochit, and Waves’. His prizes include the works for NHS Highland as an Rooney Prize for Irish Literature addictions counsellor. and the Vincent Buckley Poetry

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IN CONVERSATION WORDPLAY

LIZ LOCHHEAD & JAMES NAUGHTIE ILLUSTRATED LECTURE SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1515 - 1615 ROOM 16, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

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Glasgow School of Art and an Honorary Doctor of Letters of Glasgow University. She has been similarly honoured by the Universities of Aberdeen, Stirling, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Dundee, Abertay, of Queen Margaret University College and Glasgow Caledonian University, and is a Fellow of RSAMD and of Glasgow Institute of Art.

Liz Lochhead is a fine writer and a natural entertainer. Come and hear Scotland’s National Poet in conversation with James Naughtie Her poetry collections include and reading from her work. ‘Dreaming Frankenstein’ (Polygon, 1984), ‘True Confessions and New Clichés’ (Polygon, 1985) ‘Bagpipe Muzak’ (Penguin, 1991), and ‘The Scottish poet and playwright Liz Colour of Black and White: Poems Lochhead was born in 1947, in 1984-2003’ (Polygon, 2003). Motherwell, Lanarkshire. She studied at the Glasgow School of Her plays include Tartuffe Art, then, while working on her (Polygon, 1986), Mary Queen of earliest collections of poetry, Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off taught art at schools in Glasgow (Penguin, 1989) and the Saltire and Bristol for eight years, till in Society Scottish Book of the Year 1978 she went to Canada for a Award-winning Medea (Nick Hern year, after being selected for the Books, 2000). first Scottish Writers Exchange Fellowship. Liz Lochhead lives in Glasgow. She was appointed the city’s Poet Her first collection of poems, Laureate in February 2005 and is ‘Memo for Spring’ (Reprographia, also an Honorary President of the 1972), won a Scottish Arts Council Scottish Poetry Library. Book Award, as did ‘Dreaming Frankenstein’ (Polygon, 1984). She She was appointed National Poet was a recipient of a Cholmondeley of Scotland in January 2011. You Award for Poetry, and has already can email Liz at: been honoured by both her host institutions, being a Fellow of nationalpoet@spl.org.uk

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NOTE BOOK WORDPLAY

CAROL DUNBAR BOOKMAKING WORKSHOP SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1515 - 1615 ROOM 12, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE AGES: 10-15

THE PERSON Carol Dunbar is based in Orkney and has been leading workshops for adults and children for over 25 years. She is particularly interested in simple book making structures and Japanese stitching techniques. She has been a

regular visitor to Shetland since undertaking a short residency at the Booth in 2005. She is Education Officer at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness. www.caroldunbar.co.uk

THE EVENT Bookmaking workshop for young people 10-15 years old. Find out how to make a hard-back bound concertina book – no glue, no stitching! All materials and equipment supplied.


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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE STUDIO JAMES NAUGHTIE

TALK SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1630 - 1730 ROOM 16, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

THE EVENT Come and hear James Naughtie talk about his life in broadcasting and answer questions from the audience in an event that is sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s book festival.

THE PERSON James Naughtie has one of the best-known voices on radio,

presenting Today and Bookclub for BBC Radio 4. As a print journalist he worked for The Press and Journal, The Scotsman and The Guardian before joining the BBC in 1988, where he has written and presented many documentaries and series on politics, international affairs and music as well as presenting daily news programmes. His books include ‘The Rivals’ (the first to reveal the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown), ‘The Accidental American’ (the BlairBush relationship) and ‘The Making of Music’, an account of the European classical music tradition. He is Chancellor of Stirling University, and lives in London and Edinburgh.

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WRITTEN, DESIGNED & DIR: GARETH EDWARDS CERT: 12A, 2010, 94 MINS FEATURING: SCOOT MCNAIRY, WHITNEY ABLE SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER, 1745 THE GARRISON THEATRE £6/£4 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3.50) A NASA space probe carrying alien life forms crash lands on its return to earth, leaving Mexico and a large swathe of Central America as an ‘infected zone’, which can only be crossed by human beings at certain times of

the year. A huge barrier wall separates the USA from the aliens, which are subjected to continuous air bombardment. Kaulder, a world-weary news photographer finds himself on the wrong side of the zone just at the point when it is due to be closed off; worse, he has to escort Sam, the spoilt daughter of his news magnate employer, back to the United States. The only way home is through the Zone at one of its most dangerous periods.

young British film maker Gareth Edwards. Previously employed in SFX, he has also designed the film and the effects, as well as doing the cinematography on location. The film’s budget was under £500,000, so apart from his own extended involvement, Edwards managed this production by using local people as the cast wherever possible.

The result is a tale which uses many of the key devices of sci-fi and horror films, but keeps them This very impressive debut feature fresh and credible. The story is also a metaphor for the wars and film was written and directed by

invasions in which the USA is currently involved and its view of ‘aliens’ and foreigners generally. Everyone is afraid of the monsters, but no-one really knows anything about them; best to shoot first, provoke them into violent reaction and then, claiming some obvious justification, attack them again. The film’s closing scenes subvert the prejudices that the characters (and the audience) may have about aliens in a truly magical scene, before we, and Kaulder and Sam, are returned to a colder, bleaker world.


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THESE ISLANDS

WE SING BOOK LAUNCH SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1740 - 1840

ROOM 16, ISLESBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE £7/£5 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3)

THE EVENT This event celebrates the publication of a new anthology of poetry from Scotland’s Islands, edited by Kevin MacNeil and published by Polygon. The book features a number of contemporary Shetland poets, including, Stella Sutherland, Alex Cluness, Jim Mainland, Lise Sinclair, Roseanne Watt and the late Jim Moncrieff. Kevin will give a talk about the book, interspersed with readings by Shetland writers.

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play and a travelogue-memoir based on his 1,300km cycle down the Danube in September 2009 for two cancer charities. Kevin has held a number of prestigious writing residencies in Scotland and continental Europe, including the University of Edinburgh. His awards include: the Tivoli Europa Giovani International Poetry Prize; the inaugural Iain Crichton Smith Writing Fellow; a J.B. Priestley Award; and a Millennium Quality Award.

Alex Cluness was born in Aberdeen in 1969. His poetry has featured in several publications, including New Writing Scotland, Kevin MacNeil was born and raised Lallans, Edinburgh Review, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Northwords, Deliberately Thirsty Novelist, poet, playwright, editor, and The Herald and is collected in aphorist and lyricist, his books ‘Shetland & Other Poems’ include ‘The Stornoway Way’, (Shetland Times 2002) ‘Disguise’ ‘Love and Zen in the Outer (Kettillonia 2004) ‘2005’ (North Hebrides’ and ‘Be Wise Be Idea 2005) and ‘Mend’ (New Dead Otherwise’. He is currently Language 2007). He is currently working on an album with William CEO of Taigh Chearsabhagh and Campbell, a new novel, a film, a lives in North Uist.

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CHICO & RITA

DIR: FERNANDO TRUEBA, JAVIER MARISCAL AND TONO ERRANDO CERT: 15, 2010, 94 MINS + INTRO SUBTITLED FEATURING: EMAN XOR OÑA, LIMARA MENESES AND MARIO GUERRA SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER, 2030 THE GARRISON THEATRE £6/£4 (EARLY BIRD £5/£3.50) Chico and Rita is a beautifully animated love story from Oscarwinning director Fernando Trueba and Spain’s most famous designer Javier Mariscal, a tale of love found and lost, set in Havana, New

York, Las Vegas and Hollywood in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

and loving partnership that both of them crave. Together with the racism experienced by black and Chico is a Cuban pianist who is Latin performers in the USA, and struggling to make his name. He the ideological turbulence which meets seductive singer Rita in a accompanied the Cuban nightclub, and they begin an on-off revolution, life is a continuous romance that spans the decades, struggle for them, only relieved by and takes Rita to a compromised the music for which they both live. stardom, whilst Chico finds himself playing with the band of The animation is almost tactile in the legendary Dizzy Gillespie and quality, perfectly suited to the other giants of jazz. Mutual languid and laid-back mood of the misunderstandings, jealousy and film, and the music is marvellous: carelessness on their own part, the original soundtrack is by and the scheming and self-interest legendary Cuban pianist Bebo of others combine to keep the two Valdés, and features music by protagonists from the creative Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk,

Charlie Parker and a host of marvellous Cuban instrumentalists that look ahead to the emergence of The Buena Vista Social Club. Chico and Rita was one of Mark Kermode’s top ten films of 2010; with its sublime music and gorgeous animation, it could become one of your favourites too, and is a blissfully relaxed way of bringing Screenplay 2011 to a close. Mark Kermode will introduce the film and will formally close the festival afterwards.


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WORDPLAY & SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL CLUB

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