Last King of Scotland director in frame for Director's Cut

Last King of Scotland director in frame for Director's Cut

Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald will join the Director's Cut cast when the University of Aberdeen takes the successful series on the road for the first time.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker will feature in a special event at the Glasgow Film Festival on February 27.

It is the first time the University of Aberdeen has teamed up with the international Festival, which promises to be the biggest and most wide ranging yet.

Macdonald will be in conversation with BBC Movie Café Presenter Janice Forsyth and will follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest names from stage and screen when he takes the Director’s Cut chair.

Now in its third series, it has attracted famous names including Sir David Attenborough, Guy Hamilton and Simon Callow, but Macdonald will be the first to address a Director’s Cut audience outside the Granite City.

Glaswegian Macdonald has won worldwide acclaim for his films including Touching the Void (2003), The Last King of Scotland (2006) and State of Play (2009).

Director’s Cut will explore his career and current projects, including The Eagle of the Ninth (2010), starring Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland, filmed on locations across Scotland.

Now in its sixth year, the Glasgow Film Festival is the fastest growing film event in Britain and in 2009 attracted an audience of more than 28,000.

This year it will play host to a bumper crop of European and UK premieres, special screenings, unique events and top-name guests.

Dr Alan Marcus, Head of Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen said:  “The Director’s Cut series has proved a hit with audiences in Aberdeen and we are delighted to be able to take our flagship event on the road.

“The partnership with the Glasgow Film Festival will open up Director’s Cut to a wider audience and we are thrilled that Kevin Macdonald will be our first guest for this exciting new venture.

“Macdonald has made profoundly cinematic films, recognized with Academy Awards and critical and popular acclaim.  It is the combination of his providing insight into the human condition and a gifted ability for visual storytelling that has made Kevin Macdonald one of the most important film artists working in the medium today.”

Kevin Macdonald said: “I’m honoured to be the latest guest of Director’s Cut at one of Scotland’s most important cinematic events.”

Director’s Cut with Kevin Macdonald will take place at Glasgow Film Theatre 2
on Saturday February 27 at 2.30pm.

Tickets: £7/£6 with £1 off GFT CineCard and Cineworld Unlimited cardholders. For more information visit www.glasgowfilmfestival.org.uk/