EIFF 2019 Opening Night Gala: Boyz in the Wood

Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced that the riotous social satire Boyz in the Wood will open the 73rd edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival. The European Premiere will take place at Festival Theatre on Wednesday 19th June, and tickets will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 1st May. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/2019/boyz-wood

Set deep in the Scottish Highlands, Boyz in the Wood is an anarchic cocktail of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers, and hallucinogenic rabbit droppings. As four city boys try to escape a mysterious huntsman, played brilliantly by a menacing Eddie Izzard, the Highlands' police force trails behind, failing spectacularly and hilariously to provide assistance. Rising stars, Rian Gordon, Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja, and Lewis Gribben lead a star-studded cast, including Scottish greats, Kate Dickie, EIFF Honorary Patron, James Cosmo and Kevin Guthrie.

Boyz in the Wood is the debut feature of music video director Ninian Doff, who also penned the script, a long-time friend and supporter of EIFF, who was one of the first graduates of film group SKAMM (Scottish Kids Are Making Movies), held at Edinburgh Filmhouse and run by Shiona Wood, to whom Doff dedicates the film to in the closing credits.

The film's director, Ninian Doff said,

“It's hard to put into words what a huge honour it is for me to have Boyz in the Wood open the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019. It’s been an incredible journey for me and real tribute to the amazing start I got all those years ago at this very festival. I’m from Edinburgh and for my debut film I really wanted to make a film that captured a very particular Scottish joy, madness and humour; and that was also modern, political and forward looking.

"Everybody, both cast and crew, brought so much passion and energy to make this film and it’s going to be very special for it to have its European Premiere, not only in my hometown, but also at such an important festival.”

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival said,

“We are thrilled to be opening this year’s festival with this vibrant, energetic and wonderfully raucous new film that showcases a wide range of Scottish talent, from rising stars to established performers. Boyz in the Wood is a blast from start to finish and will start EIFF perfectly."

Ninian Doff and the cast are expected to attend the red carpet at this year’s Festival. Boyz in the Wood was produced by Matthew Plouffe, Tobey Maguire, Brian Coffey, and Laura Tunstall, with Executive Producers, Richard Weinberg, Eddie Izzard, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Marisa Clifford, Tim Headington, Lia Buman, and Mette-Marie Kongsved.

For more information on this year’s Festival, please visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk.

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About Edinburgh International Film Festival

Established in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

EIFF is supported by Screen Scotland, the PLACE Programme (a partnership between the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals), the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), the Scottish Government through the Festivals Expo Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, and EventScotland.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Limited is a company registered in Scotland No: SC132453. It is a subsidiary of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) which is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status with Scottish Charity No. SC006793. The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) was established in 2010 with a mission to be at the forefront of the development of a vibrant and successful film and moving image industry and culture across Scotland and beyond. The CMI currently comprises EIFF, Filmhouse in Edinburgh and the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.