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Made in Edinburgh

Made in Edinburgh Logo To celebrate all things animated, cinematic and creative, Made In Edinburgh is a pilot project to showcase the talent and the picturesque beauty of Scotland's inspiring capital.

Launched in March 2009 and running until August 2009, Made In Edinburgh will show a series of work made by Edinburgh moving image talent or shot in the Edinburgh City Region. The various genre categories include films, TV, animation and documentaries all of which have a connection to the city. There will also be interviews with the creators and educational seminars. 

Made in Edinburgh screenings will be shown once a month at Filmhouse on Lothian Road from March until August 2009.

American-born Writer, Director and Producer Annie Griffin said: " I chose to live in Edinburgh because it is such a vibrant, cosmopolitan, and above all, beautiful city. This is the best place to be filming - best locations, friendliest locals, warmest welcome. That's why I write scripts based in Edinburgh. This is where I want to be."

The imaginative programme launches on 12 March with the hugely enjoyable whimsical comedy RESTLESS NATIVES (1985). The film depicts 1980's Edinburgh perfectly with a hectic dash around the town centre. Will (Vincent Friell) and Ronnie (Joe Mullaney) are broke. Their solution to the problem is unique. Donning novelty masks from Ronnie's joke shop they take to the isolated roads around Glencoe on a motorbike and set themselves up as modern day highwaymen, holding up coach loads of tourists armed with nothing more than a plastic gun and a puffer that Ronnie says he's loaded with "itching powder, sneezing powder, athlete's foot powder and some stuff I got out of an old firework". The two friends carry out a series of daring raids in the beautiful Scottish countryside, followed by gleeful redistributions of the takings - chucked out from the back of the bike - around the streets of Edinburgh and Wester Hailes.

Lindsey Taylor from Edinburgh Inspiring Capital said: "We are overjoyed to bring RESTLESS NATIVES back to the big screen and bringing the cast and crew together for the launch night of Made in Edinburgh. Join us for a great evening and don't forget to bring your clown mask!"

The second Made in Edinburgh screening will be an episode of STV drama REBUS. Writer Director of KNOTS & CROSSES, Roger Gartland, will be in town on 9 April for a Q&A.

On 12 May award-winning percussionist and composer Dame Evelyn Glennie will be at Filmhouse to introduce the 2004 documentary, TOUCH THE SOUND. Glennie, who has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, was brought up in Aberdeenshire and was the first full-time solo professional percussionist in 20th century western society. The film explores the connections between sound, rhythm, time and the body - a journey into the world of our origins.

Leslie Hills, Producer of TOUCH THE SOUND, said: "From a long list of productions the organisers have selected six evenings which illustrate not only the many years in which Edinburgh has been a significant production centre but the very wide range of programming originated in the city. As producers who have elected to stay and base our work here we are delighted to welcome the initiative and to have the chance to showcase our work here on our home patch."

To coincide with the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Scottish Parliament on 1 July 1999, there will be a screening of THE HOLYROOD FILES. Edinburgh filmmaker Stuart Greig's feature documentary chronicles the trials and tribulations of building the Scottish Parliament. The film won the BAFTA Scotland award for best documentary in 2005, and promises to spark off a lively debate.

An Animation programme from Edinburgh-based stopframe animation studio Ko Lik Films, featuring HAUNTED HOGMANAY, and the Bill Douglas Trilogy MY CHILDHOOD/MY AIN FOLK/MYWAY HOME will also be shown. 

The partners involved in the Made in Edinburgh project are Edinburgh Film Focus, Filmhouse, the Edinburgh Marketing Alliance - Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, and the Edinburgh Producers Group.

Ros Davis from Edinburgh Film Focus said "This project allows us to really spotlight the fabulous diversity of locations within and around Edinburgh that have attracted hundreds of productions to the city".

Film plays an intrinsic part in Edinburgh's history, cultural and economic life but it is little publicised that as early as 1842 Adamson and Hill were pioneering photography techniques and in Edinburgh an average of 300 national and international productions film in Edinburgh each year. 

Made in Edinburgh is supported by Scottish Screen , the national screen agency. Ken Hay, Chief Executive of Scottish Screen said: "Scotland has a rich and long tradition of storytelling. We have an amazing wealth of locations and some of the most creative talent and crew in the world.  Edinburgh contributes greatly to Scotland's success - as a home to internationally recognised talent and in providing an iconic backdrop for films, television programmes and commercials. Scottish Screen is delighted to support the launch of the Made in Edinburgh initiative."

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