Film and theatre

Bill Murray sings Shelter from the Storm

Must be hard for men: they get into grooming and in touch with their sensitive side only to find women like nothing better than a dissolute Bill Murray muttering Bob Dylan lyrics while sitting on a ratty garden chair. Here he is in a tremendous clip from his new film St Vincent.

71 – new film written by Gregory Burke opens today

Dunfermline born Gregory Burke’s has written the screenplay for 71 which opens today, 10 October. The film is directed by Frenchman Yann Demange and tells the story of a disorientated young British soldier lost in the streets of Belfast at the height of the Troubles. Described by The Telegraph as a ‘stunningly well crafted thriller’, reviews have so far been superb.

Ainslie Henderson is Moving On with heartbreaking music video…

Do you remember Ainslie Henderson from the first series of Fame Academy? He was the slightly intense, jumpy Scottish singer songwriter who was tipped the win the contest but ended up finishing 4th. He went on to enjoy a mildy successful music career throughout his twenties before deciding that the life of a pop star was not for him. He then studied animation at Edinburgh College of Art and has

The Curious Incident of the Odeon Culture Programme

Have you discovered the Odeon Culture Programme yet? This brilliant initiative is bringing the best in live theatre, opera, ballet, entertainment and sport to Odeon cinemas around the country making some of the top cultural experiences available to people for whom the west end is too expensive and too far. As well top theatre productions such as Warhorse and – coming up next week – The Curious Incident of the Dog

Finding Vivian Maier: documentary released in UK

We were very excited back in 2012 to bring you the fascinating story of Vivian Maier, the reclusive street photographer whose previously unseen work was discovered in a Chicago auctionhouse by John Maloof. The lifetime’s worth of stunning pictures are these days celebrated the world over and now a brilliant new documentary made by Maloof charts Maier’s life and work as well as his own journey of discovery. The film

From Scotland with Love featuring King Creosote

Highly recommended viewing is From Scotland with Love, a brilliant and inventive film project made by Virginia Heath using only Scottish film archive. The film, which was commissioned to mark the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow  this summer,  features an orginal – and stunningly evocative – soundtrack by Fife’s Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. With neither voiceover nor subtitles, the perfectly edited footage covers themes of love, loss, family, work, politics, romance and fun

Competition Time! Win tickets to Edinburgh Filmhouse

Drambuie and Filmhouse Edinburgh are offering 2 lucky Avocado Sweet readers the chance to win tickets to a screening of Tunes of Glory starring Alec Guinness. The screening is on the 30th of April. Drambuie is supporting a series of film seasons over 2014 to bring ‘A Taste of the Extraordinary’ to Edinburgh cinema audiences. Winners will be entitled to a free Drambuie cocktail at the Filmhouse Bar. Tweet ‘Tunes

True Detective’s truly brilliant opening sequence

Among the many wonderful things about True Detective, the HBO series in which two troubled detectives pick their way through a bleak swampy Louisiana littered with chemical refineries, trailers and serial killers, is its opening title sequence. Backed by the Handsome Family’s Far From Any Road, it perfectly capture’s Rust Cohle’s (Matthew McConaughey) line, ‘this place is like someone’s memory of a town – and the memory is fading.’ The

Quirky kids and working class heroes: The Happy Lands director Robert Rae talks to Ian Moir

The Happy Lands is a feature length film about the 1926 Coal Miners Strike. It was filmed in West Fife using local people instead of professional actors and premiered last year at The Alhambra in Dunfermline. It will be screened next on 22 October at Beath High School in Cowdenbeath. In this exclusive interview the film’s director Robert Rae talks to Fife artist Ian Moir and testifies to the community

The Birks – a state-of-the-art ‘Cinema Paradiso’ for Aberfeldy

Did Sir Norman Foster get as much pleasure from designing The Gherkin as architect Robin Baker did from designing Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy? It seems unlikely. ‘It’s been such a privilege to work on this project and now that it’s finished it will feel like a bereavement. For the past 18 months it’s been my life.’ But Robin, who lives in Aberfeldy, will soon be able to watch movies at