Cromarty 'My Favourite Film' Festival
1 - 3 December 2017
Legs eleven. Aways wondered what it meant. Then we looked it up — it’s not very pc! Ocean’s Eleven, a rat-pack film. Cromarty Film Festival number eleven. How did we get this far?! Some festivals book themselves and others don’t. This one didn’t. When getting more rejections than Don Coutts got when he was eighteen, we all had a chat and realised that the festival is bigger than the guests. It’s the town, the atmosphere, the films and the laughter.
So, welcome one and all. Thanks to our brilliant guests who have agreed to come: producer Margaret Matheson; casting director Orla O’Connor; producer Rex Pyke; actor/director Jason Connery; film director Mike Day and artist Neville Gabie. Hope you all have a wonderful time. Thanks for all the support from our regulars - Iain, Karen, Christo, Allan, Lawrence, Matt, Erland and Ruth. We think there are great films here for you to enjoy, to stock up on for the winter and remember with pleasure. Hopefully, some surprises too. The best thing that has happened to us is we now have our very own sommelier (wine expert). Anna, Christo’s partner, realised with horror last year that the wine was boggin’. A guid Scots’ word for cheap, crap wine. So, any complaints about the choice of wine can be put onto the North London intelligentsia whom you will see reading The Guardian on Saturday morning at The Hub.
Hope you all use the bar at The Hub. Hope, too, that you all have a great weekend. Enjoy everything the town has to offer, from the 100 Steps walk to the bakery and all in between. As usual, thanks and gratitude to the Committee and festival volunteers who work hard and make all of this happen. Thanks, too, to our festival co-ordinator, Gail. And a big thanks to our main funders, Creative Scotland.
That’s all Folks, till one dozen - bingo call for number 12.
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And... if you fancy giving an ear to a short audio soundscape, have a listen to this fabulous audio composition of
interviews and odd moments from from last year's festival put together by the lovely Ian Niven.
Click here for a handy, 2-page, printable summary PROGRAMME
The Cromarty Film Festival
Review by film critic Karen Krizanovich in 2015
Cromarty isn’t one of those dead or dying Scottish villages so poignant you want to rip out your own eyes. It’s lively. The shops are open and people are in them. There are folks on the street. Even at night, it’s alive. We arrived late in the evening, seeking a house called Fisherman’s Cottage. Driving up and down the tiny lane proved fruitless. So, we asked a lady out walking her dog in the falling snow. “Fisherman’s Cottage, oh yes,” she said, “I’ll show you.” “Great,” I sneered, eager for the loo. “We’ll be going two miles per hour waiting for her.” In weirdly sudden seconds, she had led us to the cottage.
That evening, the traditional Cromarty Film Festival braziers were lit, whisky poured, wine mulled and a film was projected onto the side of the lighthouse – the very same structure, represented in graphic form, that appears on the classic black Cromarty fest t-shirts. Here, there’s a tendency to project a film onto any workable surface – lighthouses, sides of buildings, ship sails, a big screen. It’s a habit that meshes well with having a surprisingly good time. Drinks, snacks (I’ve eaten my bodyweight in all three flavours of Portlebay Popcorn this year) and real food like rich curries and wood-oven pizzas are plentiful. Warming fires and snug historic buildings shunt aside any terror of the Scottish seaside in the heart of winter. Cromarty is the coolest, warmest of festivals. It’s welcoming not gloomy or gloamy.
Compared to Berlin, Cannes, AFI, Toronto, Venice or any of the other big festivals and film markets, Cromarty keeps a tidy aim. Outside of special interest films for children, Scottish-content and historical films, Cromarty Film Festival emphasizes the one thing usually missing from the festival big boys: fun. It can screen Airplane!, This Is Spinal Tap and Duck Soup without qualms. Sure, we’ve seen them all before but – again a love of celluloid can’t be suppressed – watching them with a smart crowd, warm and happy, on a large screen revitalizes these films. They become hits all over again.
Some celebrities come to the Cromarty Film Festival but they’re not a made a fuss over – at least, not more fussed over than anyone else. Moreover, scheduling your day is made easier by all the films being marked with MFF (members’ favourite), C (children’s), SA (Scottish Archive) and D/P (Director/Producer).
The festival doesn’t want to get much bigger. It doesn’t want to bloat like Burning Man. Year after year, I find myself drawn to it. The harbour, the cottages, the good coffee and company; it’s convivial with a sense of old fashioned camaraderie. And this festival may only last for another few years, so, mark your calendars now. This is filmic Brigadoon. Be there next year
So make a note to be in Cromarty from Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th December.
Don't forget that we also have film showings throughout the year. You can find out about these on the Cromarty and Resolis Film Society website and you can also keep up-to-date through our facebook page.
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