Mountain movies return

EDINBURGH is to see its own film festival about mountains staged again.

The 15th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival is to run on 3-4 February at the George Square Theatre.

The festival aims to show the world's best mountain and adventure films.

This year there will be a presentation by Mark Beaumont, who recently broke the world record for cycling round the globe.

The festival also welcomes English crack-climbing supremo Pete Whittaker and American mountaineer Kelly Cordes – known for his ascents in Patagonia.

The festival will also screen almost 20 adventure films, covering journeys by bike, kayak canoe and kite-assisted skis.

Festival Director Stevie Christies aid: "The standard of films being submitted is so high that we’ve had to leave out some wonderful films.

Dundee's moving image show

WORK by Turner Prize nominees will be shown at a new University of Dundee exhibition later this month.

‘Here Was Elsewhere: >> FFWD’ will open to the public on 20 January at the University’s Cooper Gallery.

Over four weeks, moving image works will be shown from 24 artists who have worked in Scotland.

Amongst the featured artists will be Rosalind Nashashibi, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2017.

The exhibition also presents Rosalind’s collaborative work with another Turner nominee, artist Lucy Skaer.

The pair have been making collaborative pieces since 2005 as Nashashibi/Skaer.

There will also be an event on 17 February.

This will include a montage of all 24 artists’ works, illuminated by performances, readings and talks.

This event has been co-organised with British Council.

‘Here Was Elsewhere: >> FFWD’ runs until 17 February.

Passionate actors sought

ACTORS are being invited to help devise a Passion Play which will be performed on Easter Saturday, March 31, in Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Easter Play, in Princes Street Gardens, draws crowds of more than 1,000 people.

This year, no script has been written and it is being devised by the actors.

Director, Suzanne Lofthus said: “We have a skeleton outline of the story, the rest is a blank page. We will be improvising and devising scene by scene in rehearsals. I wanted the actors to have more input and more freedom than learning their parts from a script.

"We’re looking at new ways of telling the story using movement and visual imagery as well as more traditional acting."

She said she would like to hear from anyone who is interested in helping to tell the story.

Anyone interested can to contact \ms Lofthus on: