NI talent lands at EIFF

24th August 2021

The 74th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is placed at the heart of Edinburgh’s festival season, between 18th and 25th August, and presents a fantastic programme of feature and short films celebrating the long-awaited return to cinema

Upcoming filmmaker Lia Campbell’s Run with Her has been selected to screen at the BAFTA qualifying festival and will be receiving its World Premiere in the Bridging the Gap – Mobile selection on Filmhouse at Home. Lia is the Writer and Director of the short creative documentary and Anna Callan is the Producer, with Executive Producers Walk on Air Films. The film was commissioned & funded by the Scottish Documentary Institute, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.

“Endurance running creates a secure world for 16-year-old Emmy, where everything can be quantified. As influences from the outside world start to permeate, we follow the change it might bring to her relationships with the other girls on the team and within herself.”

The film features female athletes from Willowfield Athletics Club in East Belfast - Emmy Thorton, Mabelle Wilcox, Emer McKee, Kirsti Foster, Erin McDermott, Erin Cross and Emily Morris.

Also screening at EIFF is IFTA award-winning Rough, starring Michael Smiley. Written and Directed by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn and produced by Gallagher Films, Rough, has been selected to screen in competition as part of the Shortcuts Views from the Four Nations programme, presented in Edinburgh and France through a partnership with the Dinard Festival of British Film, lead by Artistic Director Dominique Green.

In some corners of the city, justice is enforced not by the police, but by a brutal system of “punishment attacks”, administered by former terrorists-turned-gangsters. Usually it’s young men who bear the brunt, but this time, it’s a dog.

You can stream the films here for Run With Her and here  for Rough.


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