A TRIO of critically acclaimed films are to unspool on the big screen at Montrose’s new community run £3.5m cinema this month, as the town boasts its first ever film festival with live Q&As.
Kicking off with a tenth anniversary screening of the multi-award-winning documentary You’ve Been Trumped on Friday 18th March, Aberdeenshire residents who stood up to Donald Trump’s bullying over his luxury golf resort plans will join director Anthony Baxter for audience questions after the film.
Also at the #CostingtheEarth screening will be Aberdeenshire Councillor Martin Ford – the politician whose casting vote derailed Mr Trump’s golf resort first time around. And artist David McCue whose paintings of key characters caught up in the drama, won praise from around the world.The £10 ticket price includes a drink with the director and other guests in the cinema’s new community room – from 6.45pm, with the film starting at 7.30pm.
On Saturday 19th March the event, which is part of Scotland’s climate festival, continues with a special screening of BAFTA winning Bill Forsyth’s iconic Local Hero in Montrose. The film, which stars the legendary actor Burt Lancaster, is about an American oil company representative sent to the fictional village of Ferness on the west coast of Scotland to purchase the town and surrounding property for his company. A Q&A following the film, will also include special guests.
Finally, on Sunday 20th March at 3.30pm, A Dangerous Game will screen – the 2014 follow up to You’ve Been Trumped. Residents from Aberdeenshire will again join for a Q&A following the screening, with the £10 ticket price also including tea and cake.
Matt Buchanan, Manager of The Montrose Playhouse said: “After an overwhelming first 6 months of being open and seeing how well supported the Playhouse has been by the community we’re delighted to be working with our Patron Anthony Baxter to host this Festival. All 3 films are brilliant in their own right but showing them together and bringing in the fantastic guests to talk about them brings a new dimension to issues that are just as pressing today as they were when Local Hero was released in 1983.”
Filmmaker and Montrose Playhouse Patron Anthony Baxter added: “It’s wonderful for Montrose to be hosting our first ever film festival. And it’s an honour to be welcoming residents of the Menie Estate who stood up to Trump to our town – 10 years after the release of You’ve Been Trumped. All of these films, in their own way, highlight the cost to the planet, if we allow money and power to override environmental concerns.”
Tickets can be booked online for all the screenings by visiting https://montroseplayhouse.co.uk/2022/03/09/a-short-film-festival-costing-the-earth/