City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Two Nicks, Hornby and Cave, Are Late Film Festival Additions

By edg - Posted on 11 June 2010

Screenwriter and laddish, British author Nick Hornby will be the subject of an In-Person onstage interview at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Thursday 17 June. It is one of three late additions to the film festival's programme.

Hornby has penned five best-sellers including highly successful film adaptations - soccer flick Fever Pitch, rock 'n' roll romantic comedy High Fidelity, and fatherhood comedy About A Boy. He has also written works of non-fiction and short stories.

Hornby adapted the screenplay to the original Fever Pitch rom his own memoir and was Oscar and BAFTA nominated this year for his screenplay adaptation of Lynn Barber's memoir An Education. Hornby will be discussing his craft and projects past, present and future at the In-Person event.

Fresh from its screening in Cannes, award-winning filmmaker Lucy Walker's hard-hitting documentary Countdown to Zero, examining the escalating global nuclear arms race, will have its UK premiere on Friday 18 June. Recently screened by Hillary Clinton to top White House staff, the film is produced by Laurence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth).

The legendary musician and author Nick Cave will be joining the line-up for the previously announced Irregular event on Thursday 24 June, in partnership with Canongate.

Cave will be reading from the newly published paperback of his bestselling novel The Death of Bunny Munro, a dark and provocative tale of one man's road to ruin.

Irregular will also see David Whitehouse giving a sneak preview of his debut novel Bed, a tale of two brothers and why one just won't get out of bed, and a screening of his award-winning short film The Archivist (Warp Films).

Irregular will also be the first to screen an exclusive interview with 'godfather of hip hop' Gil Scot-Heron from Ridley Scott's RSA Films. Music from Jed Milroy (The Aliens) will complete the line up.

EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill said: "We're thrilled by these late additions, all of which are very special. Nick Hornby's event represents a great coming-together of literature and film, centred on one of Britain's most respected and popular writers of both novels and screenplays. Lucy Walker is one of the UK's most brilliant and ambitious filmmakers, and Countdown to Zero is incendiary work. As for Nick Cave - what can I say? He has been a hero of mine for a good half of my life, and I could not be more excited that he's coming to Irregular."