On the 18th of September this year there is to be a referendum on independence for Scotland. If the people of Scotland vote to become an independent country, we as English people can kiss goodbye to Irn Bru, David Tennant, whisky and BBC2 repeats of Rab C. Nesbitt. So before Scotland becomes a separate country and builds a giant fortified electric fence to stop anyone crossing their border, we urge you to take a trip there next month, and enjoy the 68th Edinburgh Film Festival.
If, like us, you haven’t heard of the other 67 Film Festivals that have taken place in Edinburgh, then let us fill you in. Beginning in 1947, The Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema. This year is no exception, with 156 screenings from 47 countries, and includes 11 world and 8 international premieres.
Opening the festival this year is the world premiere of London based crime thriller Hyena, from British director Gerard Johnson. The film stars Stephen Graham, instantly recognisable for his roles in Snatch, This is England and Boardwalk Empire. Also premiering is A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Castles in The Sky, starring comedian Eddie Izzard as Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the man who invented the radar.
Organisers have said that they want a key part of the festival to include Scottish cinema, and have included an event which celebrates the work of Scottish film-maker and animator Norman McLaren, to mark the centenary of his birth.
The 2014 Edinburgh Film Festival will be rolling out its tartan carpet between the 18th and the 29th June.