Leading figures from the big screen to visit Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen’s prestigious Director’s Cut programme will return in November with more big names in the frame for Series 3.

Actor Simon Callow, who has appeared in the blockbusters Four Weddings and a Funeral and A Room With a View and many other well-known films, is next to take the Director’s Cut chair, on November 23.

Callow has also accumulated an impressive list of credits in theatre, opera and TV and this year he starred as Pozzo in a UK tour of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot with Sir Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart. 

He will be followed by Craig Armstrong, one of the world's most sought-after and respected composers and arrangers for film, on December 2.

Armstrong’s expressive and moving soundtracks have been the keystone to a host of well-loved films including Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! which won him a Golden Globe for Best Original Score, Love Actually, World Trade Center, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Marvel's The Incredible Hulk.

Since it began in 2007, the Director’s Cut has seen some of the biggest names in international film and broadcasting share their experiences with audiences in the Granite City.

The Director’s Cut cast already includes world-famous naturalist, broadcaster and author, Sir David Attenborough, Chilean director Raul Ruiz, and the great English filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, who all appeared in the inaugural series.

For Series 2, the University welcomed James Bond director Guy Hamilton, Scottish film director David Mackenzie and documentary maker Jane Treays, among other leading names.

The latest series will build on the great success of previous programmes and bookings are now open for the 2009 events, to be hosted by BBC Movie Café presenter Janice Forsyth.

The ‘in conversation’ style presentations are free of charge but booking is essential as places are expected to be snapped up quickly. To reserve your free place, visit the website at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut/ or call 01224 273874.

Dr Alan Marcus, Head of Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen said: "We are pleased that the Director's Cut series has become a key fixture in Aberdeen's cultural calendar.

“With Series 3 we are bringing exciting and important filmmakers to the city and we welcome this opportunity to invite the public to share the experience of engaging with these personalities and directly pose their questions during the sessions held in the splendid King’s College Conference Centre at the University of Aberdeen.

“Our first two guests, Simon Callow and Craig Armstrong, have been identified with some of the most popular and stimulating films made in the UK in the last twenty years, and we are particularly pleased to have them appear on the Director’s Cut to illuminate the fascinating process of movie making.

The events take place in King's College Conference Centre, King's College, Old Aberdeen, and are followed by a drinks reception hosted by Scottish Screen. Admission is free.

To book your place visit www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut, where previous events, including Sir David Attenborough's, can also be watched again.