Published: 22/07/2014 13:45 - Updated: 05/08/2014 18:36

Local Hero director for classic film event

Scottish film director Bill Forsyth comes to Inverness.
Scottish film director Bill Forsyth comes to Inverness.

Local Hero film director Bill Forsyth will make a rare appearance at a special film event next month at Eden Court.

Fans of the much-loved film strring the late Burt Lancaster and new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi will be treated to a screening of the movie, then afterwards will be treated to a Q&A session with the director.

And as part of the Scottish touring film season To See Oursels, Bill Forsyth will talk about the film’s comedy and way of tackling Scottish stereotypes.

The tour combines a range of classic Scottish films and rarely-screened TV dramas, expert introductions and panel discussions, as it takes a look at the way Scotland has seen itself on screen over the last four decades.

The Inverness programme of movies and events – all at Eden Court – includes the Local Hero night on Thursday, August 21 (8pm).

One of the images in From Scotland With Love.
One of the images in From Scotland With Love.

It opens with three episodes of John Byrne’s classic TV series Your Cheatin’ Heart starring Tilda Swinton and Ken Stott being shown on Saturday, August 16 (2pm) and Sunday August 17 (2pm). It will be a rare opportunity to see Your Cheatin’ Heart, which has only been shown once since its first outing on BBC television in 1990.

On Wednesday, August 27 (7pm), there’s a chance to see The Cheviot, the Stag & the Black, Black Oil, followed by a panel discussion with – it’s hoped – some of those involved in the original theatre tour and film.

There’s a double bill based on adaptations of two of Moray writer Jessie Kesson’s classic semi-autobiographical novels. On Sunday, August 31, The White Bird Passes (2pm) will be shown, followed by Another Time, Another Place 5pm, starring Phyllis Logan and partly made on the Black Isle.

And for fans of Scottish musician King Creosote, there is a special treat with the final event of the season when From Scotland With Love – using archive footage of Scots over the years at work and play with a soundtrack written by Kenny Anderson aka King Creosote – is shown on Saturday, September 6 (2.30pm). After the film, as well as a Q&A with award winning director Virginia Heath and Kenny, the Mercury Award nominee and founder of the successful Fence record label, fwill also treat cinema goers to an acoustic version of two tunes from the film’s soundtrack.

Despite featuring a stellar cast including Tilda Swinton and Ken Stott, this is a rare opportunity to see Your Cheatin’ Heart, which has only been shown once since its first outing on BBC Television in 1990.

"I’m delighted Your Cheatin’ Heart will screen as part of To See Oursels," said John Byrne, who lived in Nairn until recently.

"I was very pleased with it at the time and it got 3.5 million viewers, but despite being paid for a repeat, it was never shown again. It has only been screened once, at a festival, since it premiered on the BBC so it is fantastic to see it touring the country after more than two decades."

The season has been put together by Dr Jonny Murray, senior lecturer in film and visual culture at Edinburgh College of Art and author of forthcoming book The New Scottish Cinema.

He said: "It’s been great to be able to team up with Film Hub Scotland to offer audiences all round Scotland the chance to discover or revisit important Scottish film and television drama works.

To See Oursels is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

For more information on the season and tickets: or call box office on 01463 234234.

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