Rod White introduces the May/June 2015 brochure

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Tue 21 Apr 2015

Rod White introduces the May/June 2015 brochure

Ed. is 'dead'. Long live Ed.!

This issue of our programme is a watershed. It's era ending. Paradigm shifting. Nay, epoch shattering. All those things and more. For this publication has been put together by the same member of staff for the last 10+ years, 116 editions (not to mention a handful or two for our 'sister' cinema, the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen), but she's moving on. She's not moving very far, granted, just to a different department of this organisation, but far enough to no longer be working on the brochure. It's a sad day for sure, and I suspect I'm just about to find quite how hugely I took her contribution to it for granted. I asked her if she wanted to write something on this page, but she declined, being happier to contribute from the wings, only having been lured out once or twice over the years to make the odd withering aside as 'Ed.'. So, with an admittedly heavy heart, it's goodbye Jenny, and thanks for everything! Thanks for every correctly placed apostrophe, judiciously chosen exclamation mark, and for helping me keep my sentences to a readable length, though I notice she dropped the ball right at the last when she omitted to curtail this one which seems to show no sign of ending any time soon, and indeed looks set to change tack somewhat and start talking about how important it may or may not be to list in this publication what format (35mm, digital etc) a film might be screening in, for the inclusion of which she was always a tireless crusader. And without meaning to put too much pressure (yeah, right!) on those charged with sustaining the most excellent standards she has set, they are big shoes to fill – especially those glittery Doc Martens. [It's been an honour. And in the unlikely event that there are any mistakes in future editions, I promise not to point them out... - Ed.]

Our big film this month (well, I say month, it's more like two, what with this running to mid June when a rather awesome looking EIFF is set to take place) is the new adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd, with Carey Mulligan in the Bathsheba/Julie Christie role, and Matthias Schoenaerts in the Gabriel Oak/Alan Bates one. Not many novels get the two adaptation treatment, and even fewer get two brilliant adaptations - thankfully, 'Madding Crowd' is one. We've thrown in a screening of the original film too, and Polański's excellent Tess for good Hardy measure. Rattling through the rest of this monster programme, it looks like we've gone all 'art house', with a whole host of critically acclaimed foreign language meisterwerks: quite possibly my favourite film from the Cannes competition last year, Abderrahmane Sissako's brilliant and timely Timbuktu; Christian (Barbara) Petzold's Nina Hoss-starring post-WWII Vertigo-ish drama Phoenix; from Ukraine, the intense, harrowing, all Ukrainian sign language (no dialogue, no subtitles) The Tribe; and, from the undisputed master of Scandi-style deadpan oddness, Roy (Songs from the Second Floor) Andersson, the wonderfully titled A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.

François (Potiche) Ozon's latest, The New Girlfriend, gets a release, and we've a trio of great new restorations: Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings, Fellini's , and film noir par excellence, Cry of the City. The 100th anniversary of Orson Welles' birth sees a couple of special screenings of his magnum opus, Citizen Kane, and we'll have a few more of his films along in early July too.

And if you're a fan of The Who (and really you ought to be), check out 14 June...

Rod White, Head of Filmhouse

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