Film festival celebrates work of a great Fifer
Growing up in a small Fife coastal town, Paul Wright didn’t really expect to go on to become a film director.
But having released his debut feature film last year, For Those in Peril, that’s exactly what has happened to the Lower Largo man.
The 33-year-old’s movie was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May and went on to win two Scottish BAFTAs, having been nominated for four.
Later this month it’s set to be shown for the first time on the big screen in Fife at this year’s Kirkcaldy Film Festival.
It will be screened at the Adam Smith Theatre on Saturday, September 20.
It follows a short film retrospective, being screened at 2.00 p.m. that day, featuring four of Paul’s short films - ‘Hikikomori’, ‘Believe’, ‘Photos of God’ and ‘Until the River Runs Red’.
Paul is delighted to have his work screened in the Kingdom as part of Kirkcaldy Film Festival under their ‘Focus on Fife’ banner.
He said: “It’s great. It’s a real honour for the festival to be showing my work. A guy from Fife, who grew up in Fife.
“Growing up in Lower Largo, film director didn’t feel like a real job possibility.
“I think the festival itself is a really good thing.
“It’s a fantastic thing bringing all sorts of films to Fife.
“I know myself that, growing up, every now and then, I would see a film that was very different to anything I’d seen before. These were the ones that really inspired me.
“So having a film festival in Fife and bringing in different films and some films that maybe wouldn’t be shown in the big blockbuster cinemas is great.”
Having already been shown at various film festivals and in both Dundee and Edinburgh, this time the screening is a little closer to home for Paul.
He said: “I hope that it’s been seen in some living rooms but it’s the first time its been shown in Fife on the big screen.”
With ‘For Those in Peril’ receiving such a great response from critics, Paul is already looking to the future.
He said: “I think the whole thing about making films is that you want people to see them and get something from them. The response has been great.
“I’m writing my second feature just now and I’m about to direct a drama with the BBC.”
Kirkcaldy Film Festival, now in its second year, takes place from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21.
The varied programme over the three days features films that ‘Focus on Fife’, those that commemorate World War One and also the chance to see some brand new work first.
There’s also a gala screening of ‘Goldfinger’ on the Saturday night and a children’s screening and workshops.
Visit www.onfife.com for more.