We’re pretty thrilled to be working with the famous Bedlam Theatre this August and holding 2 separate screening of Scottish, UK and International short films at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of our 2016 Touring Programme!
The Bedlam’s long and distinguished fringe history stretches all the way back to 1981, it’s always been a convention-breaking and fringe venue and now it has opened up its programme to film for the first time this year.
The Bedlam’s location at the junction of Forest Road and George IV Bridge means it’s always thronged with culture vultures come Fringe-time and we’ve been asked by the Film Programme Director, Alice Johnstone, to put together a hi-energy, edgy, fringe-friendly programme and so we’ve been over our programme for last year and picked out the Fringe-iest goddam films we could find from last year and – we’re pretty sure no-one’s going to fall asleep during these shows!
Our first night at the Bedlam is on Tuesday, 9th August and we’re screening the stunningly-realised and highly surreal German horror, 90 GRAD NORD by Detsky Graffam – winner of Best Film at the Budapest Short Film Festival. There’s Benjamin Cappalletti’s pacy and urgent French sci-fi thriller, SKAL, some light relief is provided by Luke Patton’s superhero comedy THE DYNAMIC DOUBLE STANDARD and a somewhat chauvinistic superhero which wone Best Comedy Short at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
There’s also Bjorn Hartel’s deliciously dark comedy SCRABBLE, about a murderously unhappily married couple and we close the night with another screening of the Scorsese-influenced Mexican thriller, CONTRAPELO, by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, the film was Oscar nominated and is a perfect example of building tension and ratcheting up the suspense in a short film.
Our second night on Tuesday 16th August opens with Olly Williams taut, fast-paced and darkly ironic heist thriller, THE FLY and is followed by one of several films from last year’s ESFF featuring oddball couples, Marco Gadge’s very funny, Harold and Maude influenced road movie comedy, HE AND SHE. Joe Pavlo’s exemplary work on VFX for big budget features is put to good use in his self-directed action/comedy/sci fi thriller DOWNSIZER, a film which resonated strongly with our audiences (and staff!) last year and you’ll have to come along to see why!
A personal favourite from last year was Adam Woodhall’s very funny, black comedy DARK NET which features a stand-out performance from Johnny Vegas as well as a clever, ‘Get Carter’ references and some great work from the supporting cast and the show closes with another odd couple comedy drama in Joseph Hsu’s THE LOBSTER KID in which a young,n Taiwanese begger hopes to escapes from an exploitative gang with the unlikely assistance of a monk.
We’ll be publishing more info about the programme over the coming week and in the meantime, see the link here for tickets and more info about the Bedlam’s Fringe Film programme!