Film and theatre

Still time to catch touching Jim Baxter film on iPlayer

A few weeks left to catch Purple TV‘s film about Fife’s – and many would say Scotland’s – finest footballer Jim Baxter on BBC iPlayer. Baxter, who came from Hill of Beath, was famously funny and charming if enigmatic and unpredictable. The film suggests this complex character might have had its roots in the fact that Baxter was given up by his mother as a baby. The footballer was devastated,

Pioneers of Performance: superb live dance comes to Lochgelly

Coming to Fife on 16 September is, Pioneers of Performance , a day long festival of thought-provoking and fun dance theatre, created by independent artists working in Scotland. The shows have been chosen for their outstanding quality  – this really is the best work of its kind. There’s something for all age groups, with a show for young children before lunch, older children in the afternoon, and two shows for adults in

Exciting live performances coming soon to the Odeon

There are some excellent showings coming up at the Dunfermline Odeon as part of its Event Cinema programme. You can see Tom Hiddleston in Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus when it is screened live from the National Theatre on 24 September and catch Benedict Cumberbatch’s bravura turn as Hamlet, also from the National Theatre, on 15 October. The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet is on 22 September and you can choose between

45 Years: brilliant and in cinemas now

Lots of people are raving about this, a brand new film directed by Andrew Haigh from a David Constantine short story. 45 years tells the story of Kate (Charlotte Rampling) who is planning a party to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary. One week before the celebration, however, a letter arrives for her husband, Geoff (Tom Courtenay), that reawakens troubling and long-hidden memories. Kate becomes increasingly concerned by Geoff’s preoccupation with

Brooklyn – enough to make you look forward to winter…

BROOKLYN tells the moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for New York City. Homesickness quickly diminishes as a romance with an Italian boy develops. Soon, however Eilis’s new life is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and two

Major new theatre production previews at Pettycur Bay

Drift, which previews at Pettycur Bay Sand Dunes in Fife from 26-29 June, is an innovative piece of visual theatre inspired by the true story of Shetland crofter Betty Mouat, who in 1886, aged 61, was the only passenger on the coastal cutter Columbine bound for Lerwick. A storm washed the captain and crew overboard and Miss Mouat was presumed lost at sea.  More than a week later the Columbine grounded in Norway.  Miss Mouat

‘Sarah’s Room’ wins Best Feature at Fife Film Expo

After receiving 1200 submissions, the inaugural Fife Film Expo on 9 May featured over 50 shorts and five feature film screenings. The event, which took place at the Lochgelly Centre, also included Q&As with filmmakers, animation and film workshops and networking opportunities. Winner of the Best Feature award was Sarah’s Room, a psychedelic horror/thriller directed by Edinburgh filmmaker Grant McPhee. The film is Scotland’s first feature to be released in 4K and was

Thieves of Dunfermline CD – songs in the key of Fife

This very pretty original song, Ladylike Ways, was written for the play Thieves of Dunfermline which was performed over five nights in December 2014 in Abbot House, Dunfermline. Thieves told stories of Dunfermline’s long history and this was the play’s tribute to the women who worked as miners in Fife. The track, which features well known Fife musician Sandie Forbes on vocals and violin with Jonathan Cairney on guitar, was

The magnifcent Amy Schumer on fine form…

Amy Schumer, who seems to be taking over the entire comedy scene in America at the moment, is joined by A listers, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Patricia Arquette and Tina Fey as the friends celebrate Drefyus’s ‘last f***kable’ day in the movies…

Shearer sparkles in newly-restored The Tales of Hoffman

See Dunfermline-born dance legend Moira Shearer sparkle in this newly restored version of Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 The Tales of Hoffman. The Tales of Hoffmann, described as ‘one of Powell and Pressburger’s most experimental and audacious films, a riotous cinematic fantasy of Technicolor, music and dance’ has been beautifully restored in a project supervised by Martin Scorsese – a huge fan of Powell and Pressburger’s work – and his long term editor