Although the Aboyne and Deeside Festival is now in its 21st year and has a track record of showing both popular and more challenging films in the theatre in Aboyne throughout the year, 2012 is the first time the Festival has devoted a whole weekend to the cinematic arts.
From Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st July, the Festival is showing eight different films which are intended to appeal to a variety of ages and tastes.
On Thursday, the festival will be showing the acclaimed documentary “Senna”, a newly-re-mastered version of the 1942 classic “Casablanca” and Buster Keaton’s silent masterpiece “The General”, which will be blessed with live accompaniment from Jane Gardiner who will perform her own specially composed soundtrack.
Friday 20th July sees a move into more mainstream cinema, with the feel good film of the year “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, Woody Allen’s comic twist on romance and artistic integrity “Midnight in Paris” and the film version of Scandinavian author Jo Nesbo’s “Headhunters”.
Finally, on Saturday 21st July the Festival is delighted to be showing “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” in its week of general release. This brand new family film in the popular series sees Manny, Diego and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Finally, Stephen Spielberg’s award winning epic “War Horse”, based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel, will round off the series.
Chris Sawyer, Festival Chairman said: “We recognise the time and expense involved in making a trip to Aberdeen or further afield to see quality films, and therefore hope that this mini Film Festival can become a regular feature of the wider Aboyne and Deeside Festival. We are also looking into further investment in what we can offer in the future, so the public’s support is extremely welcome. Watch this space!”
Other events to note in the days following the film festival include a “Showcase of Deeside Talent” in the Theatre in Aboyne on Monday 23rd July and on Thursday 26th July the children’s book event at Crathes Castle with author Teresa Flavin at 10.30am, afternoon tea with author Shona Maclean at Crathes Castle at 3.00pm and Old Blind Dogs live in concert at 8.00pm at Tornaveen Hall.
Details of show times and tickets for all of the above events are available from www.aboyneanddeesidefestival.org.uk or from the Box Office in the Deeside Community Centre in person or on 013398 86222. Old Blind Dogs tickets are available from Geoff Cormack on 013398 83527.