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exaggeration because. he says. ‘the object is simply to get to the essence of things.‘ The film-maker instead points to (yril and Shirley (Philip Davis and Ruth Sheen). and their well-intentioned struggle to retain their integrity while self-seekers surround them as the central thrust of the piece: ‘What I‘ve tried to express is that while there's no way one can break out into simple optimism. a sense of hope must remain. We are up against it. but what‘s important is that they‘re having a go.‘ (Trevor Johnston)
Our pick of the tortnight's celluloid highlights on commercial and repertory circuits. . . For more comprehensive reviews and venue details see the Film Index. while complete programme details can be found in the Film Listings.
THE ACCUSED Controversial treatment of gang-rape. with gutsy victim Foster and attorney Kelly McGillis fighting back in court against the attckers and those who cheered them on. Moving and unexploitativc. Key Cannons from Feb 24. HIGH HOPES Mike Leigh returns to the big screen with this politicist serio-comic tableaux of haves. have-nots and want-mores. State ofthe nation stuff from an acidic observer. Edinburgh Filmhouse Feb 26—Mar 4: Glasgow Film Theatre Mar 6—1 1.
RED SDRGHUM Visually astonishing chronicle of rural life in theThirties from former master cameraman Xhang Yimou. this is the New Chinese Cinema’s most exciting offering yet. Edinburgh Filmhouse Mar 5—1 I.
SCANDAL Broxburn‘s very own Michael Caton-Jones triumphs with this sexy. emotional retelling ofthe l’rofumo/Keeler affair. John Hurt unforgettable as scapegoat osteopath Stephen Ward. Key Odeons and wide release from Mar 3.
DUMBO/THE ELEPHANT MAN Classic Walt Disney meets David Lynch's intense monochrome vision ofthe John Merrick casein a double-bill you won't forget. Edinburgh Cameo Feb 25.
FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET/CAT O'NINE TAILS Rare chance to see a couple of Italian maestro Dario Argento‘s early exercises in stylish sleuthery. Edinburgh University Film Society Mar 3.
HIGH TlDE/CANETDADS Gillian Armstrong's perceptive drama has out-of-work singer Judy Davis meeting up with her long-lost teenage daughter. Preceded by humorous documentary following the effects of a plague of extremely huge and randy toads. Glasgow Film Theatre Mar 2-4; Edinburgh Filmhouse Mar 6 & 7.
POWAODATSI Long-awaited Scottish screening for Godfrey
Regio‘s follow-up to his ecological cult debut Koyuunisqulsi. with Philip Glass once again providing the score. Edinburgh Filmhouse Mar 3 & (3.
101 Welcome chance for Scots fans to see noted rockumcntarist D.A. Pennebaker‘s film of Depeche Mode on tour in the US on the big screen where it belongs. AMC Clydebank 10 Mar 90nly. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II More brains'.’ Schlocky follow-up to Dan ()‘Bannon's zombie comedy with the cranium-gouging undead living to frolick another day. Wide release from February 2-1.
THE UNHDLY Satanic possession and demons
from hell threaten a top-notch cast including Ben Cross. Ilal IIolbrook and Trevor Howard in his sad final role. Sack those agents guys! Brief Encounter it ain't.
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NEWLY APPOINTED as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Filmhouse. Edinburgh District Council member George Kerrevan has announced a proposed expansion of facilities at the capital's centre of film culture. With the resealingof Cinema 2 set to go ahead within the next few months. the main auditorium will soon have 70mm projection equipment for high definition widescreen movies. and costings have been undertaken to transform the [Edinburgh Film (iuild‘s club room into a 3(l-seater Cinema 3.
While directorJim llickey no longer has a film festival to worry about (it has new directors). he plans a programming initiative that will include a season of films aimed at the city‘s ethnic audiences. a series of director‘s evenings beginning with the visit of Terry Gilliam on March Ill. and a move towards special events outwith the August fortnight (to which end Filmhouse will host cinematic complement to the forthcoming Science Festival).
With substantial business development about to transform the Lothian Road area both men identify the need to move forward into a new era with Filmhouse offering what Kerrevan called ‘a film festival all year round'.
AMC'S CLYDEBANK MULTIPLEX recently the target amongst others of criticism from The Lisl's Allan Hunter on C-l‘s
M edit: S/m w for its commercially conservative programming has come back with something ofa coup by presenting on March 9 one of the few screenings outside London of Depeche Mode's feature 10/. filmed on their American tour by DA. l’ennebaker past celluloid chronicler of the likes of Dylan and Bowie. A welcome change from last year's box office attractions we
12 The List 24 February — 9 March