BAFTA exhibition brings screen stars to Kirkcaldy ahead of film festival

Evan Henderson and Gillian Parsons promote the Kirkcaldy Film Festival 2015 and BAFTA Photo Exhibition.  Picture by Fife Photo Agency.
Evan Henderson and Gillian Parsons promote the Kirkcaldy Film Festival 2015 and BAFTA Photo Exhibition. Picture by Fife Photo Agency.
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The stars of the silver screen have already arrived in town ahead of this year’s Kirkcaldy Film Festival.

As a special exhibition, entitled ‘BAFTA, Backstage’, opens at the Adam Smith Theatre today (Thursday).

The BAFTA, Backstage exhibition is currently on display in the Adam Smith Theatre.  Pic by Fife Photo Agency.

The BAFTA, Backstage exhibition is currently on display in the Adam Smith Theatre. Pic by Fife Photo Agency.

The images on display offer visitors the chance to catch a glimpse behind the scenes of the biggest night in the UK film calendar, the British Academy Film Awards.

And everyone is welcome to visit the theatre in Bennochy Road to see the stunning photographs between now and Thursday, October 1, including over the film festival weekend which runs from Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20.

Janette Dalley, photography director for BAFTA, told the Press: “The BAFTA, Backstage exhibition being part of the Kirkcaldy Film Festival is a great honour for BAFTA and personally for myself - my grandmother was born in Kirkcaldy.

“We are very pleased to showcase this set of imagery here for the first time away from the 195 Piccadilly BAFTA Headquarters.

“Visitors will be able to look at photography that covers most aspects of the areas that we cover during an award ceremony and the run up to the evening with bespoke imagery taken for the brochure which goes to all guests attending the film awards, backstage images taken of winners and citations readers getting ready to go on stage.”

The photographs are currently hanging in the cafe and upper foyer, which is a new gallery space, at the theatre.

And they were all taken between 2009 and 2014.

The contributing photographers are Greg Williams, Ian Derry, Ellis Parrinder, Charlie Gray, Phil Fisk, Rich Hardcastle, Jessie Craig and Sarah Dunn.

The display also features a portrait of Glenrothes actor, and patron of Kirkcaldy Film Festival, Dougray Scott, which was taken by Phil Fisk for the BAFTA Television Awards Brochure in 2011.

Janette continued: “Rich Hardcastle hails from Scotland and has his images of Brad Pitt taken backstage included alongside his ‘3 shot’ of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan) with Kevin Spacey backstage and a colourful image of Jon Hamm engulfed in the pink and blue back stage lighting – Hardcastle’s use of ‘available’ light backstage makes for some interesting ‘moments’ captured in the short amount of time that these stars are behind scenes on the night.

“Greg Williams’ black and white imagery taken within the auditorium prior to the awards ceremony starting make for interesting images of a host of people that you would not normally see in a room together at one time – his use of camera depth of field to create an image that is not only interesting in the foreground but lends the viewer to a glimpse of others in the room and the detail within the Royal Opera House (in the case of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie).

“While Phil Fisk’s image of festival patron Dougray Scott has not been printed before and came from a set of images done for the BAFTA Television Awards brochure in 2011 and shows Scott in reflective stance. It was a pleasure to be able to use this shot as an exclusive in this context.”

Gillian Parsons, programming and engagement officer for museums, galleries and archives with Fife Cultural Trust, added: “I think the thing that will appeal to people is that these are very candid shots of some very recognisable faces.

“We’re delighted to have such a high quality exhibition to compliment the festival and we are very grateful to BAFTA for lending them to us.”