Trinity's Daily diary
Day 5 and the festival is in full swing. There are a lot of people in town:
filmmakers, industry junkies, journos and even the odd film star.
Today we got to meet two British acting greats: Tilda Swinton
and Jacqueline Bisset.
The Deep End:
Tilda Swinton is flanked by directors David Siegel and Scott
McGehee. (Click for more hi-res pics)
Tilda Swinton, surely one of the best Scottish actresses around,
knows Edinburgh well - she was educated at Fettes College (the
same school that prime minister Tony Blair went to).
It's easy to forget that physically she is an actress of some
stature, as well as by reputation. When she stopped to pose for
photographs on the red carpet, she made her two directors, David
Siegel and Scott McGehee look on the short side.
Swinton is no stranger to difficult roles and took this one in
her stride. The Deep
End got a big thumbs up from iofilm's reviewer, with The Wolf
saying about the lead role that "Tilda Swinton gives a performance
of such quality, it steals your breath away".
Jacqueline Bisset arrived later for the first screening of The
Sleepy Time Gal. Her beauty has not diminished from her early
outing in Cul De Sac, and a number of her fans were there, including
veteran autograph hunter Ken, who can regularly be seen at these
You can normally tell which are the hot tickets for the festival by asking
which of the industry preview screenings are the busiest. Whilst some films
might only have a handful of people watching them, both Battle Royale and
The Devil's Backbone were so popular people had to be turned away. These two
are definitely ones to watch out for.
Finally, a quick heads-up for Saturday - if you're fed up of sitting in a
darkened room, why not get some sunshine on Arthur Smith's Film
Walk. And watch out for an interview with the comedian appearing
soon on our sister site, EdinburghGuide.com