Take A Stand
Dmytro Morykit - Back by popular demand, local composer Dmytro Morykit returns with a live concert performance to accompany another classic silent film from the golden age of cinema, on the theme of ‘Taking a Stand’. Followed directly by Donald Trump does Bohemian Rhapsody.
Donald Trump does Bohemian Rhapsody - Scotland’s Aberdeenshire coastline is home to some of Europe’s last remaining wilderness areas of shifting sand dunes. Dubbed “the Amazon Rainforest of Europe,” by a leading scientist from the University of Glasgow, the irreplaceable land holds Britain’s top conservation ranking. So when property developer Donald Trump built a golf resort on the precious coastline, outraged local residents and environmentalists objected and refused to sell their homes. They continue with their fight to this day.
Back in March 2012, to highlight the issues, a satirical musical spoof of Donald Trump - as a 3 ft puppet - singing “Bohemian Rhapsody,” was created with the permission of Brian May. However, the video so enraged Donald Trump, that after receiving 30,000 views within 24 hours of being released, he had it removed from the entire internet overnight. A censorship battle took place over many months and it was eventually re-released but its impact had by then been lost. Created and produced by freelance writer Hazel Cameron, the video also features most of the residents affected by the development. Puppeteer, Francis Wright, rewrote the words to the 1975 smash hit which tells the tale of this early struggle with the Trump empire. Dmytro Morykit arranged and played the music on piano, including the famous guitar solo.
Hazel & Dmytro will give a question and answer session after the 7 minute screening.
Wadjda PG - comedy, drama
Wadjda is a film of firsts. The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, it’s the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. It's also the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker! In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with this highly enjoyable film.
Brave PG - animation, adventure, comedy
A Disney/Pixar film (not just for kids!) set in the Scottish Highlands. Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Glasgow Girls (Free to view)
The compelling story of a group of teenagers with a cause in a musical drama based on the true story of the Glasgow Girls. What started as a grassroots petition to save their friend from deportation inspired a powerful human rights movement which would eventually change immigration practices in Scotland.
Food available by Hansen’s Kitchen
The Clock in Commune
This short experimental video triptych follows communities of men performing ancient rituals to mark succession and the passing of time. Guided by a narrator of ambiguous gender, the film is a meditation on time, ritual and social bonding; exploring the female gaze through a sequence of public and private environments. The film moves from the pagan rituals of our local Comrie Flambeaux and the traditional making of the torches, to domestic rituals and the ordination of a young Passionist Priest. The work was premiered on 3 screens at the historic Glasite Meeting House Edinburgh, for Edinburgh Art Festival in August 2016. Modern Edinburgh Film School have written an essay in response to the piece.
The artist would gave thanks to the Comrie Flambeaux Committee for accommodating the filming.
Helen McCrorie is a visual artist, based locally in Comrie. She is a Masters graduate of Glasgow School of Art and has exhibited her videos and installations internationally, including Fotohof Salzburg, Hunter College Gallery New York and Bloomberg New Contemporaries.
Spotlight 15 - crime, drama, history
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Academy Award for Best Picture - 2016
Kubo and the Two Strings PG - animation, adventure, family
In ancient Japan a young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. Selected due to rave reviews, including - “A movie of epic proportions. Lovers of film, animation, storytelling, do not miss out on this one!”. “Outstanding! Original, beautiful and heartful”
Food available by Hansen’s Kitchen
Good Vibrations 15 - biography, drama, music
In 1970s sectarian Belfast in the midst of the bloody Troubles DJ Terri Hooley opens a record shop “on the most bombed half-mile in Europe”. He is a music-lover, idealist, radical and rebel. He is inspired by the new underground punk scene and in turn galvanises the young musicians, branching out into record production and bringing life to the city.
The Eagle Huntress U - adventure, documentary, family, sport
This documentary presents the real-life story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Kazakh girl from Mongolia attempting to be the first female eagle hunter in her country. She exists in a land without much modern technology; no Internet, no computers. While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, her father, Nurgaiv, believes that, with determination, she can do anything a boy can. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features awe-inspiring cinematography, giving this intimate tale of a young girl's quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.
Dialog is in Kazakh; narration switches between Kazakh and English.
Promised Land 15 - drama
Corporate sales partners Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) arrive in a small town to secure drilling rights for a natural-gas company. They believe that the economic decline has done their work for them and that the townspeople will happily accept whatever offer they make. However, they don't consider the objections of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) and the leader (John Krasinski) of a grassroots campaign against the company's objective. “Promised Land is an involving and timely tale that explores the changing nature and complex challenges of rural life” - USA Today.