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Rod White introduces the August 2016 brochure

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Fri 5 Aug 2016

Rod White introduces the August 2016 brochure

August. When the world descends on our fair city and everyone seeks their cultural nourishment elsewhere. Well, not quite everyone, but fo’ sure we find ourselves a little… quieter. August in Edinburgh is not a boom time for cinema outside of mainstream entertainments, and that is why we have put together a programme of films you may well find impossible to ignore. Turn these pages at your peril! And if you don’t come here for whatever bizarre reason – like you have something better to do? There is nothing better to do! – you’re only going to feel as if you’ve missed out on something. Trust me. Here’s some of the why…

Pedro Almodóvar films don’t come around that often. To be more precise, every 2 or 3 years, usually released on the last Friday in August – I’ll say one thing for the UK film industry: if it worked once, they stick with it! Julieta is no exception, and it’s a triumphant return to the female-centric storytelling wherein lies the man’s greatest acclaim. Studio Ghibli Forever showcases 12 of their very best, including early classics such as Only Yesterday and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; and our quite frankly marvellous Adapting Miss Highsmith season concludes with rare screenings of some classic French – and some wonderful TV – adaptations.

Lastly, since we changed the shape of this publication last month, we have been in receipt of a few suggestions to improve the new format. We’re taking heed of those and making the changes where appropriate – but one thing that no-one has mentioned, strangely and shatteringly, is that it’s a bad thing that I get less room to write this. Yeah, thanks guys...

Rod White, Head of Filmhouse

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