Published: 01/10/2014 14:33 - Updated: 02/10/2014 12:02

Fling! Film Festival line-up

Fling! Film Festival 2014

The Fling! Film Festival 2014 will, hopefully, be the first of many, say the festival organisers.

On Saturday and Sunday, there are eight feature films and 18 short films created by young film-makers from all over the world. There will also be a number of exciting creative workshops for young people which run alongside the festival.

The eight selected feature films chosen by Fling!s advisory group of young people from the Highlands, claims to demonstrate some of the best talent in cinema; some new and some vintage. Fling! says: "The opening and closing films are indicative of our approach: bombastic enjoyment and considered indie film. The Maze Runner by Wes Ball, his first feature, is an exciting visual treat starring a number of young British actors such as Will Poulter (We Are Rhe Millers) and Thomas Brodie Sangster (Love Actually, Nanny McPhee). We are excited to have this as a gala presentation a week before it goes on general release. Closing Fling! is the achingly beautiful I Believe In Unicorns, a debut feature by Leah Meyerhof. Finally, we hope the Easter Ross community gets involved and helps us to grow. The festival will be nothing without you, the audience. So please join us on Saturday and Sunday (October 4 and 5).


Saturday 4th October

Ernest and Celestine
Ernest and Celestine

10:00               Ernest and Celestine

Venue: Duthac Centre, Tain Status: General Release Language: English Origin: France/ USA
Running Time: 80mins Certificate: U  Tickets: £4 standard, £3 members

Fling! says: “A beautifully hand drawn animation will entertain and delight all.” Celestine is a young mouse who lives in the underground world of rodents. She loves to draw but must soon study dentistry, the occupation all rodents hold. On an excursion above ground she is chased into a trash can where she spends the night. A destitute and starving bear named Ernest discovers Celestine and attempts to eat her. When she convinces him not to and leads the way to a cellar full of food, an unlikely bond forms between the two. But as they soon discover, not everyone - above ground or below - is so accepting of their unprecedented friendship.

12:00               Short Film Showcase I

Venue: Duthac Centre, Tain  Running Time: 6:15  Language: English    Certificate: PG Tickets: Free

A fun plasticine stop-motion animation by Terry Thomas. A Polar bear is searching for his missing friend.

The Swamp King (Israel, 4:15mins) A Short tale about what happens when a group of frogs meet a big frog shaped balloon.


13:00               Back to the Future (Remastered)

Venue: Duthac Centre, Tain Status: Flashback Language: English Origin: USA Running Time: 116 mins Certificate: PG Tickets: £4 standard, £3 members

Fling! says: "Robert Zemeckis’ classic has delighted young and old for a generation.” Marty McFly just wants to play electric guitar and date girlfriend Jennifer; he is also determined not to end up a loser in life like his own parents. Unfortunately fate and mad scientist Emmet Brown has other plans.


16:30               Short Film Showcase II

Venue: Duthac Centre, Tain Running Time: 26:50 mins Certificate: PG  Tickets: Free 
Zugzwang (USA, Fiction, English, 8:50 mins) There is a moment in life where you know you have to make a decision, but the best thing to do would be not to make any move. But... you must. We simply call this being screwed. In chess, they call it Zugzwang.
Looking Up: Sami Stoner and Chloe (USA, Documentary, English, 5:00mins)  This provides an overview of Sami’s obstacles and how she learned to overcome these issues with the help of her guide dog, Chloe.
Wind (USA, Fiction, English, 3:00mins) Born in a tornado, a boy lives his whole life plagued by a windstorm. He finds a mutually beneficial purpose when he meets a girl followed by a thunderstorm.
Gifts (USA, Fiction, English, 10:00mins) Jan, aged 6, was miraculously revived after she was retrieved from the frozen river that consumed her parents. After years of experiencing visions of others' pain and suffering, thirteen year old Jan hopes to intervene and prevent a murder.


18:00               Short Film Showcase III

Venue: Duthac Centre, Tain Running Time: 37:03 Certificate: PG Tickets: Free
The Orange Gunny (Iran, Fiction, Persian, Subtitles, 4:46mins) A part of a little boy's life who collects garbage and his relationship with a cat. It's about sharing, humanity and poverty.
In the Wake of Sirens (UK, Fiction, English, 7:53mins) A modern interpretation of William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies' set within the confines of a locked car.
Sound Thief (India, Documentary, English, 8:24mins) Sound Thief is a documentary featuring independent musician Jivraj Singh, drummer for Pinknoise, and designer/producer. Born to parents who lived life on the road and made music, music was not so much a glamorous externality as much as a way of life


19:00               Opening Gala: The Maze Runner

Venue: Duthac Centre, Tain Status: Pre-general release Language: English Origin: USA Running Time: 113 mins Certificate: 12A (TBC) Tickets: £6 standard, £4.50 members

We are proud to present the The Maze Runner as our gala presentation. When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

20:45              Short Film Showcase IV

Venue: Duthac Centre, Tain Running Time: 28:31 mins Certificate: 15 Tickets: Free
Podium (UK, Mockumentary, English, 16mins) A mockumentary about an aspiring rock band from Royal Windsor. With hits like Bitches Hit The Floor and I Had Sex With Rock And Roll what could possibly go wrong?!
Ruler of the Roost (Canada, Fiction, English, 10:06mins) Ruler Of The Roost is a comedic documentary that follows a young Toronto film-makers struggle with the obnoxious city pigeons that live outside his bedroom window. After his initial attempts to scare off the pigeons are foiled, the filmmaker seeks an expert's opinion and is soon led down a bizarre path of airborne diseases, grisly coincidences, and self-discovery.
Timothy (Spain, Fiction, Spanish, Subtitles, 9:35mins) Simon is a little boy that has to deal with his babysitter, Sonia, a total nuisance. But that same night Simon will receive and unexpected visitor, Timothy, the main character of Simon's favourite show, a visit he will never forget. Enjoy this comedy horror gem.
Stockholm (Spain, Fiction, Spanish/ English, 8:50mins) Tomas lives in a small trailer on the outskirts of the city. One day at school he is commissioned to write a short essay about his father. Fun short of a child talking about his father’s unusual profession. Great surprising film.


21:30               Night of the Comet

Venue: Duthac Centre, Tain Status: Language: English Origin: USA Running Time: 95 mins Certificate: 15 Tickets: £4 standard, £3 members

Fling! says: “What do you do if everyone else is turned to dust?” for Regina and Samantha its shop. Late Night @ Fling! this year is the 30th anniversary of Thom Eberhardt’s Night Of The Comet. This much loved slice of eighties comedy horror features Two high school girls who don't like their stepmother or her new boyfriend. One morning, they wake up to find that everybody in Los Angeles has been turned to dust by a Comet except them, a guy who looks like Erik Estrada, some zombies and the occupants of a secret underground government installation.


Sunday 5th October

10:00               Boxtrolls

Status: General Release Language: English Origin: USA Running Time: 97 mins Certificate: PG Tickets: £4 standard, £3 members

Fling! says: “ funny, quirky and in turns silly but never becomes meaningless.” LAIKA have demonstrated themselves as masters of quirky, fun and heart-warming animated films. The Boxtrolls is stunningly beautiful film combining stop-motion animation with CGI to tell the story of a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors as he tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Enjoy! Based on the children's novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.


13:00               Side By Side

Status: Limited Release Language: English Origin: UK Running Time: 104 mins Certificate: PG Tickets: £4 standard, £3 members

Fling! says:“Side By Side explores, with refreshing honesty, the unique bond between a brother and a sister.”

A coming of age film made for children rather than money. This refreshing and honest film pits our young protagonists against an overbearing coach as they run away to the Highlands to find their grandfather.


15:30               The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet

Status: General Release Language: English Origin: France/USA Running Time: 105 mins Certificate: 12A Tickets: £4 standard, £3 members

Fling! says: “Beautiful and majestic.” Master film-maker Jean-Pierre Jeunet invites us into the world of TS Spivet, a 10-year-old boy who invents a perpetual motion machine and heads across Americas west to collect a prize from the Smithsonian Institute. This incredible exploration of Americana through the eyes of the French fabulist is a fun and engaging family film.


19:00               Short Film Showcase V

Venue: Duthac Centre, Tain Running Time: 36:39 minutes Certificate: 15   Tickets: Free
I Call it Love (Lebanon, Fiction, Lebanese, Subtitles, 9:00mins) An encounter... a phone call... rain and lightning. A love lost in the darkness of a city, Beirut.
Change: The Sick Society (USA, Montage, English, 5:47mins) An experimental found-footage film that explores the nature of society and the need for change within it.
Shirzad (Egypt, Fiction, Arabic, 15:29mins) A girl lives with her father and her four brothers, in this male society bad things will happen. Harassed Shirzad does the only thing she can to survive.
Interior (Germany, Fiction, English, 6:23mins) What a person really wants sometimes is also what she fears most. Behind a seemingly passive stare fantasies of liberation and self-punishment take place.


A young carer learns about love.
A young carer learns about love.

20:00               Closing Gala: I Believe in Unicorns

Status: Festival Circuit Language: EnglishOrigin: USA Running Time: 80 mins Certificate: 15 Tickets: £4 standard, £3 members

Fling! says: "We are proud to present I Believe in Unicorns a semi-autobiographical by Leah Meyerhoff. Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. Davina is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when Sterling's volatile side begins to emerge. I Believe in Unicorns takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love.


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