Star power for fes­ti­val as lo­cal hero Gil­lan re­turns

Hol­ly­wood ac­tor comes home to screen her own movie

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY SU­SAN WELSH

A sprin­kling of Hol­ly­wood glam­our de­scended upon In­ver­ness Film Fes­ti­val last night.

Film and TV star Karen Gil­lan re­turned to her home town to present her de­but movie, The Party’s Just Be­gin­ning, on the sec­ond night of the fes­ti­val at Eden Court.

Tick­ets for the screen­ing were snapped up im­me­di­ately by fans, keen to get a glimpse of their own lo­cal su­per­star who di­rected, wrote the script and plays the lead role of Liu­saidh.

The city of In­ver­ness also has a star­ring role, with sev­eral scenes filmed around the High­land Cap­i­tal.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Paul Mac­don­ald Tay­lor said: “The film had its world pre­miere at the Glas­gow Film Fes­ti­val but the pro­ducer, Mali Elf­man and Karen her­self, were very happy about it be­ing shown in In­ver­ness.

De­scribed as an “emo­tional tour de force” and “an emo­tional love let­ter to Gil­lan’s home town,” The Party’s Just Be­gin­ning, ex­plores the is­sue of sui­cide in the High­lands.

In Septem­ber this year, the P&J re­ported that sui­cide is the lead­ing cause of death among males aged 15-24 in the High­lands, al­though most sui­cides oc­cur in mid­dle age.

The High­lands, in com­mon with Mo­ray, has higher sui­cide rates than the Scot­tish aver­age, and while Scot­tish fig­ures have been fall­ing, those in the High­lands’ have been on the rise.

Mr Tay­lor, said of the film: “It was quite brave of Karen to take on a sto­ry­line like this, es­pe­cially for a first film.

“She’s taken a few years to work the script and get it made so it’s ob­vi­ously some­thing she’s very pas­sion­ate about.

“I liked the film very much – it was very strong for some­one’s first film.

“It’s beau­ti­fully shot and she has a great eye for pho­tog­ra­phy and cam­era place­ment.

“In­ver­ness comes across very favourably on the screen and there’s some good shots out­side Max’s Chip Shop, the cathe­dral and ar­eas sur­round­ing In­ver­ness.”

Fol­low­ing the screen­ing, Mr Tay­lor hosted a 30 minute Q&A with Karen, Mali Elf­man and ac­tress Rachel Jack­son who plays Donna, Lin­saidh’s best fe­male friend in the movie.

Any­body who was un­able to see yes­ter­day’s screen­ing will have an­other chance to­day be­cause the film is be­ing shown again at 12.45pm and again at 9.15pm.

“In­ver­ness comes across very favourably on the screen”

DE­BUT: Karen Gil­lan, left, at Eden Court with The Party’s Just Be­gin­ning pro­ducer Mali Elf­man and ac­tress Rachel Jack­son

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