Films & Festivities Down The Firth: A Preview Of The Dunoon Film Festival…


Now firmly established as one of Scotland’s finest, the Dunoon Film Festival is back this coming weekend (9-11 November) with a fantastic line-up. Here is the SWH! preview, with 10 suggestions for you to ponder, but you can check out the full programme here.

Tickets are incredible value for money, either £5, £3 or free, with the option of getting a festival pass for £30 which lets you fill your filmic boots and see whatever takes your fancy.

As well as tremendous opening and closing films, there are free screenings, workshops, cinema for children, and even the promise of a scratch-&-sniff version of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-RabbitIt’s well worth a trip doon the watter for the following reasons and more.

There’s rare footage from one of Scotland’s finest filmmakers, a musical zom/rom/com/ where La La Land meets Shaun Of The Dead, Harry Dean Stanton in one of his final screen roles, a live score from The Badwills to a classic Italian silent movie, the Scotsman who paved the way for Charlie Chaplin, the master of stop-motion cinema, a documentary about one of Scotland’s greatest (if controversial) sportsmen, Josie Long’s eagerly awaited Glasgow-based debut, and the festival closes with a 2018 BAFTA winning feature. All this and a showing of SWH’s favourite film of all time (and you can read just some of the reasons why here) followed by an ’80s disco. Who could ask for more? Not us. See you on the dance floor… Continue reading

Holy Loch Boulevard: A Preview Of The Dunoon Film Festival 2015…


One of the finest festivals Scotland has to offer is the Dunoon Film Festival. Now in its third year, it remains small but perfectly formed, with the venues within a couple of minutes walk from each other, and held in one of the most picturesque spots in Scotland.

You can download the Festival brochure here, but it is no lie to say that in the three days it is on (18-20th Sept) there really is something for everyone. Want to be convinced? That’s what I’m here for.

Friday – For those who like their film noirish, the classic of the genre Angels With Dirty Faces is on in the afternoon. Starring legends Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney as two old friends whose lives have taken very different paths, it is a must see for fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The Opening Night Feature is a film which got me excited as soon as I heard it was even a possibility. It’s Big Gold DreamGrant McPhee’s documentary on Scottish music label Fast Product, Scotland’s ‘other’ early-’80s indie label which has been overshadowed by the legacy of Postcard Records. But, featuring talking heads such as Davy Henderson, Alan Rankine, Jo Callis and Fay Fife and with rare footage of The Human League, The Flowers, Gang of Four, The Fire Engines, Scars and many more, McPhee’s film should go some way to rectifying this. The man himself will be present for this showing. Here’s a taste of what to expect:

The Big Gold Dream – Trailer 1 from grant mcphee on Vimeo.

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