This year’s Screenplay Film Festival, hosted by Shetland Arts, featured a packed programme of films and events this year, curated by Mark Kermode, Linda Ruth Williams and Kathy Hubbard, both in Mareel and in halls across the isles.
Showcasing films from Shetland and across the world in 20 feature films, 7 documentaries and a great choice of short films, Screenplay featured some fantastic special guests, including Timothy Spall, Nick Park of Wallace and Gromit fame, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.
The programme included premieres and preview screenings of films yet to hit UK cinemas, including The Etruscan Smile (with Q&A from Brian Cox) and moving documentary Nae Pasaran about the East Kilbride Rolls Royce workers’ refusal to work on Chilean Airforce jet engines in the 1970s.
A highlight of the festival week was the opportunity to see Rosie Gibson’s 1985 drama documentary The Work They Say Is Mine digitally remastered for the big screen, which drew in a huge local audience to see a true “blast from the past” shown in partnership with the Shetland Moving Image Archive Project. Rosie herself returned to Shetland along with some of those featured in the original film for a special live Q&A session 32 years on!
During the ten-day festival, over 4000 people attended more than 40 films and 10 special events and workshops. This year has also seen the ever popular Screenplay education programme grow even further with over 1100 pupils from 12 schools attending 14 film screenings both in Mareel and out in local venues.
This year is marking the end of an era in the festival’s history with the retirement of Screenplay Director Kathy Hubbard.
Kathy said: “It has been a fabulous 12 years of Screenplay. We have had some marvellous times with some very special people and some truly great films. I want to thank everyone for their support over the years – it is the audience that makes Screenplay what it is, and I’m looking forward to enjoying Screenplay 2019 as a member of the film-viewing public!”
Shetland Arts have announced the dates for the next Screenplay as Friday 30 August – Sunday 8 September 2019.
Farewell and Thanks to Kathy Hubbard
“Screenplay has always been a wonderful celebration of local, Scottish and International film; since the festival was first launched Shetland now has dedicated cinema screen in Mareel as well as qualifications in film-making through to degree level taught by Shetland Arts.
This is no small part due to Kathy’s enthusiasm and on behalf of Shetland Arts I would very much like to thank Kathy for her dedication to the organisation and to film-making across the Isles.”
About Shetland Arts
Shetland Arts is the leading arts agency in Shetland, delivering a year round programme of festivals, film, music, theatre, literature, craft, visual arts, dance, and comedy events to Shetland’s diverse population. Shetland Arts is supported by Creative Scotland and core funded by the Shetland Charitable Trust. Shetland Arts is a registered charity (SCO37082).