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Entertainment / Screenplay film festival kicks off on Tuesday

Author Stuart Cosgrove, who has written a book about Muhammad Ali which has now become a major feature film, will be visiting the Screenplay film festival. Photo of Muhammad Ali by Stanley Weston/Getty Images/Shetland Arts

WHILE there are still tickets available for most screenings at the forthcoming Screenplay film festival at Mareel, organisers have expressed their delight with the way bookings have been going so far.

This year’s Screenplay festival, the last to be curated Kathy Hubbard, Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams, will be running from Tuesday (29 August) until the following Sunday (3 September).

Hubbard said: “The films are booking really well. There are still some tickets available for most screenings (except Home Made, which is full to bursting) – but book soon if you want to be sure of a seat – looking forward to seeing you all!”

Screencards, which allow holders access to all films, have however sold out.

Visiting the film festival in person are director Hassan Nazer (Winners), journalist and author Stuart Cosgrove (Cassius X – Becoming Ali), old festival friends director Carol Morley and producer Cairo Cannon (Typist Artist Pirate King), British director Mark Jenkin and actress Mary Woodvine (Enys Men), along with first time producer Julien Allen (The Wyrm of Bwlch Pen Barras).

Director Matthew Bauer will be joining the festival in person for a live Q&A after the screening of his documentary The Other Fellow.

Joining the festival via pre-recorded interviews are actress Emma Thompson and director Edward Lovelace.

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In addition, there will also be a live online talk with director Dylan Howitt and textile artist Allan Brown about a very special dress which was woven from nettles.

Two additional guests have joined the line-up since the programme launch, organisers said at the weekend.

John Gordon Sinclair, who starred as Gregory in Bill Forsyth’s Gregory’s Girl, will be joining via a pre-recorded interview with Mark Kermode, and director Matthew Bauer will now be joining the festival in person for a live Q&A after the screening of his documentary, The Other Fellow, on Saturday 2 September.

The full Screenplay programme can be found online here.

Tickets for Screenplay events are available to purchase online from, in-person at the boxoffice in Mareel, or by calling on 01595 745 500 during opening hours of 10am-9pm, Tuesday – Sunday.

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