Hallam Foe director on way to Aberdeen

Hallam Foe director on way to Aberdeen

One of Scotland’s leading filmmakers will visit Aberdeen later this month as part of the University of Aberdeen’s Director’s Cut series.

David Mackenzie, best known for directing Hallam Foe (2007), which featured Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell, will visit the University on Wednesday, March 25.

He is the latest participant in the University's popular public talks series, which has attracted a number of well-known filmmakers and broadcasters to the Granite City.

Mackenzie rose to prominence by writing and directing psychological thriller, Young Adam (2003), which starred Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton.

The film was critically lauded and earned Mackenzie a host of awards, including a Scottish BAFTA for Best Director.

His latest film, Spread (2009), due to be released this summer, stars Ashton Kutcher as a serial Hollywood womaniser faced with the choice of love or money.

Don't Look Now director Nicolas Roeg and Sir David Attenborough are among the names that have previously made the journey to the North-east to talk about their work.

Dr Alan Marcus, Head of Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen said: "We are thrilled to have secured David Mackenzie for the Director's Cut. He has quickly established himself as an intensely creative and vital director.

"Young Adam, with its brooding narrative, is one of the most visually striking British-made films of the last 50 years, while Mackenzie's deft handling of the equally dark and mysterious Hallam Foe underlines his burgeoning reputation in the film world. We are very much looking forward to welcoming him to King's College."

The Director's Cut event on March 25 is co-hosted by Scottish Screen and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. It will take place at King's College Centre at 6pm and be followed by a wine reception.

To book your place visit: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut/profiles/mackenzie or contact the Events team on 01224 273874.