83 Tilda Swinton
Yeah OK. Tilda's cool. she lives in a nice house with the great playwright John Byrne near lnversnekkie. but so what? The lady is an immaCulate actress in her own right. After years of being better known as Derek Jarman's androgynous muse. she delivered two performances this year that put her in another league. She formed a new piece In Spike Jonze's jigsaw puzzle as Valerie Thomas in Adaptation. but it was as Ella Gault in David Mackenzie's adaptation of Young Adam that she proved her mettle as the wantonly controlling harpie wife of Les Gault. (PD)
82 Tommy Smith
Another year of major achievements for Scotland's top jazz musician. but at the cost of his marriage to saxophonist Laura MacDonald. Smith's workaholic tendencies were reflected in a string of ambitious projects for his own groups ~ not least the international sextet he toured in Scotland in November — and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. not to forget his excellent Youth Orchestra. Whatever sniping he has to endure. Smith remains the primary catalyst and artistic achiever in Scottish jazz. and one of the select bands of Scots to have achieved a genuinely international standing. (KM)
81 JK Rowling
To say that the fifth instalment in the Harry Potter series was eagerly anticipated is an iinderstatement to rival ‘the big bang is difficult to explain'. Vital questions gracing the lips of the globe's book-reading children (and a lair few wrinkliesl included the conundrum of which key Hogwarts character the Edinburgh- residing scribe had ruthlessly killed-off. as well as tantalisineg telegraphed
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80 Jamie Sives
It all looked so different for Jamie Sives in 2001. He had Just appeared in the Vinny Jones vehicle The Mean Machine and before he knew it he
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was touching the void . . . up on those dangerous slopes in the rightly neglected BBC teleVIsion drama Rocklace. Those who had put him down as Ewan McGregor's possible successor began to question their rashness. But then Sives landed two roles that played to his considerable acting strengths (Sives specialises in staunch macho neurosis). As the protagonist of Wilbur (Wants to Kill Himself) and in the forthcoming One Last Chance. Sives dominates two very strong casts. The boy is back on track again — and he may just become a superstar. (PD)
79 Geoff Ellis
Jester hats off to him. DF Concerts’ Geoff Ellis has the unenviable task of looking after stroppy superstars. highly charged and unpredictable wannabes and their thousands of boozy fans all let loose for one weekend in a field on an annual basis. This year was the tenth — and many would say best ~— T in the Park line-up ever. Throughout its reign as one of the UK's top festivals it has been. thanks to Ellis. consistently and quite perfectly soundtracking romps awash with beer. rain and mud to become one of the highlights of the summer and indeed a national institution. (CP)
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78 Jay Feeney
The old town fire affected the whole clubbing community in Edinburgh. NO one was hit hard the staff at La Belle Angele (and good to see Bobby Anderson back running the Honeycomb) but perhaps the next most affected was Jay Feeney. creative director at Cabaret Voltaire. Although the club wasn't actually damaged by the fire. access problems delayed its opening. That hasn't prevented the venue from becoming one of the coolest in town. with live acts and an eclectic clubs roster from the Brazilian party that is Say Samba! to the diversity of Dfrnt Drum and the cool house of Ultragroove. Not to mention his work with Freak MUSIC and Dynamic Blue. (HN)
77 Glasgow Fabulous cartoonists
Never has a regular feature in The List caused so much controversy. People love it (Twitch) and hate it (the Jengaheads) in equal meaSure. It's a twisted little cartoon that lampoons the Scottish club scene but has gone on to Surreal dissections of Lassie's retirement. how Alden Moffat went on to become King of the Weasels and the life of Reiki tramps. all pouring out of the minds and pens of Daniel Jackson and Michael Collin. With their modern take on the cartoon strip. they have gone on to release a couple of full length comics. and appeared in the Northern Lights anthology. (HN)
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