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Arts / Del Toro among Screenplay guests

OSCAR winning director Guillermo del Toro is set to appear at this year’s Screenplay festival.

Other names due to appear at the September event include Icíar Bollaín, Ben Sharrock, Tim Barrow, Alistair Morrison, Priya Ramasubban, Aidan Nicol and Yrsa Roca Fannberg.

Shetland Arts’ Screenplay will host in-person screenings and events, with guests arriving virtually from across the world.

It will see Kathy Hubbard come out of retirement to once again take the helm alongside usual curators Mark Kermode and Professor Linda Ruth Williams.

Screenplay will be held between 1 and 5 September.

Meanwhile Cal Flyn, Gavin Francis, Mary Paulson-Ellis and Damian Barr will appear at Shetland Arts’ Wordplay event, which is taking place two weeks later from 15 to 19 September.

Curated by writer Malachy Tallack and also featuring some online events, the festival sees Jen Hadfield, Christine De Luca, Jennifer Lucy Allen, Donald S Murray, Alycia Pirmohamed and Kathryn Briggs complete its line-up.

Both festivals will feature their own showcases of local Shetland talent.

Memberships for Screenplay and Wordplay are now on sale, and a special ‘festival card’ will give people access to both.

The full programmes will be announced on 11 August, when priority booking will also be available to card holders.