A Curious Life, 6 Bullets to Hell to bookend Aberdeen
by Naman Ramachandran
- First edition of festival to showcase the best of Scotland
On September 18, Scotland will participate in a referendum to decide whether to remain a part of the United Kingdom or be an independent nation. Regardless of the outcome, the nation will continue to celebrate cinema. The first edition of the Aberdeen Film Festival (October 4-12) will open with Dunstan Bruce’s music documentary A Curious Life (UK) and will close with Tanner Beard and Russell Quinn Cummings’ spaghetti western 6 Bullets to Hell (UK/Spain).
Other local highlights include Robbie Fraser’s The Bridge Rising, about the Skye Bridge; Christopher Presswell’s Hitchcock homage Candlestick; Aberdeen-based Hassan Nazer’s drama Here Iran (UK/Iran), Erik Knudsen’s rural idyll The Raven on the Jetty; David Ryan Keith’s horror The Redwood Massacre; Rebecca Kenyon’s documentary on homelessness Something You Can Call Home (UK/US) and another horror, Christopher Butler’s Scopia.
In addition, the festival has films from Spain, Brazil, Japan, the US, South Korea and Canada. The shorts programme has films from around the world, with a special focus on Japanese shorts. The festival is also part of the 48 Hour Film Challenge where filmmakers are required to produce a short in two days, which will then be screened at the festival.
The festival’s Creative Director Peter Watt said, “This is a festival to showcase what is being produced in Scotland to a wider audience but also to provide films that would not otherwise have been seen in Aberdeen.”
“This is just the first step in what will become an increasingly larger event each year - we want to put Aberdeen on the film festival map,” Watt added.