SHETLAND born actor Steven Robertson is to headline the opening weekend of this year’s Screenplay film festival.
Robertson, who played constable Sandy Wilson in the recent Shetland crime drama, will be taking part in a Q&A session following the screening of one of his best-known films Inside I’m Dancing.
He will also offer an education screening of Joyeux Noel later in the festival. The film recalls the moment in the first Christmas of World War 1 when the British and German troops came together briefly to play a game of football.
Also appearing during the first week of the festival will be filmmaker Susan Kemp and Shetland poet Robert Alan Jamieson, who will be in conversation with Mary Blance before the screening of Kemp’s film about Sandness and Jamieson, Nort Atlantik Drift.
On the Thursday there will be an evening with Welsh musician and filmmaker Gruff Rhys, formerly of Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, who will be talking about his latest documentary American Interior followed by a solo gig.
The second half of the festival will concentrate on British women in 21st century screen culture with award-winning directors Clio Barnard and Joanna Hogg talking about their work and introducing their films.
The festival is also seeking to strengthen its relationship with Scandinavian cinema, and thus will show some of the best and most unusual of films from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
According to Screenplay coordinator Kathy Hubbard the final Sunday of the festival is still a mystery.
“We’re still waiting for confirmation from one more person, and keeping our fingers crossed, as we know that they will be a big draw. We are also hoping for a preview of a major family film,” she said.
Shetland’s 8th annual film festival runs from 29 August to 7 September.
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