by Margaret Chrystall
SCOTTISH Album of the Year winner RM Hubbert playing the guitar score he created for a Russian silent movie is one of the highlights of the new film season at Eden Court.
The Glasgow singer songwriter will play live as the silent Russian western from 1926 called By The Law is screened on Friday September 5.Director Lev Kuleshov, who chose his actress wife Alexandra Khokhlova as one of the cast of three, wrote his screenplay based on the Jack London short story The Unexpected where a group of gold prospectors face a life and death situation in the Yukon region of Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush.
There’s more nineteenth century action as Judi Dench returns to the role of Victoria she made her own in 1997 movie Mrs Brown to play the queen in Victoria and Abdul (PG), which screens at Eden Court from Friday, September 15 to Sunday, October 5.
In the film, Victoria learns about India from a former clerk who fills the gap left in her life left by the death of John Brown. But the new friendship doesn’t go down well with the Royal Household.
And creating a seedy, sinister 1880s London is director Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem (15) which will be showing at the cinema from September 15 to 21.
In a screenplay by Jane Goldman adapted from English novelist Peter Ackroyd’s novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, the film casts bill Nighy as police inspector Kildaire trying to solve a string of murders that have terrified a community believing the deaths have been caused by a mythical evil creature, the Golem.
Already being called “the Dales Brokeback Mountain”, God’s Own Country (15) from September 22 to 25, tells the story of a sheep farmer in Yorkshire whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of a migrant worker.
The film was the only UK-based production to feature in the world drama category at this year’s 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Director Francis Lee’s film won best feature film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.
The Highland Palestine Film Festival began on August 20, but there is still time to catch the last of the films Stitching Palestine which – about 12 Palestinian women working for justice – is shown on Sunday, September 3.
Armando Iannucci’s satire Death Of Stalin (15) from November 3 to 16 is a British comedy drama in which after Stalin’s death, the remaining members of the Secretariat of the Communist Party vie for power.
Inverness Film Festival director Paul Taylor has confirmed he has already booked around 12 films so far, including Edie which stars Sheila Hancock who climbed Suilven at the age of 83.
And fans of Australian film Red Dog – it won the 2011 festival’s audience award – now has a prequel Red Dog: True Blue which will be shown as part of the festival.
In contrast with the three Victorian era films in this season’s big movies, is Bladerunner 2049 (Friday, October 6 to 12)) starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford which brings an updated vision of Philip K Dick’s futuristic vision.