Dougray Scott named patron of Kirkcaldy Film Festival

Dougray Scott. PIC: Rob McDougall
Dougray Scott. PIC: Rob McDougall

Glenrothes actor Dougray Scott has been revealed as a patron of Kirkcaldy Film Festival which takes place next month.

Organisers said this week that they were “thrilled” to announce the Fifer as a patron.

Now in its second year, the three day long event, which runs from September 19-21, offers a varied programme of film at the town’s Adam Smith Theatre.

And among a series of classics old and new, the 2014 festival programme includes ‘Regeneration’, the big screen version of Pat Barker’s First World War novel, featuring a superb performance by Dougray as Robert Graves.

This screening, combined with Dougray’s Fife roots, makes him the ideal candidate to be a patron of the film festival.

The film star, known for his roles in films such as Mission Impossible II and Enigma, said: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to have been asked to be a patron of Kirkcaldy Film Festival. It’s such an exciting event for the town, bringing with it glamour and prestige, as well as a superb, varied programme.

“It’s great to see it returning for a second year, and I really hope it can become an annual fixture on Fife’s cultural landscape.

“Growing up in Fife I was gripped by drama, the way it resonates and even changes people’s lives, and I love the idea that a festival like this can help to create a prominent place for cinema back in my old stomping ground.

“I’m proud to support a festival which brings such a diverse programme of independent cinema and true classics to Kirkcaldy, one that shows film can be inspiring and educational as well as entertaining.”

A spokesman for the film festival added: “The 2014 Kirkcaldy Film Festival is sure to benefit from the patronage of an internationally renowned film star such as Dougray Scott, and we are delighted to have him on board.”

The film festival once again runs from a Friday to Sunday, with plenty on offer for everyone.

The programme includes a focus on Fife on film, with screenings of Scottish BAFTA nominated ‘For Those in Peril’, directed by Lower Largo’s Paul Wright and ‘The Winter Guest’, which was filmed in the Kingdom and directed by Alan Rickman.

There’s an exploration of the treatment of the First World War in cinema, via an early screening of the new Woody Allen film, Magic in the Moonlight’ and the premiere of ‘What We Did on Our Holiday’, starring Billy Connolly and David Tennant.

The Saturday evening will see a gala screening of ‘Goldfinger’.

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