EIFF announces special film gala for Sir Sean

Festival Patron Connery to be honoured for his 80th birthday

by Amber Wilkinson

Sean Connery honoured by EIFF
Sean Connery at last year's EIFF

In celebration of Sir Sean Connery's 80th birthday this year, and his dedicated support of Edinburgh International Film Festival as Patron since 1992, he will be attending a Special Gala of one of his best-loved films in the Film Festival’s new venue, the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

The Bank of Scotland Gala on Sunday June 20, will show John Huston’s classic swashbuckler The Man Who Would Be King - which Sir Sean has described as one of his personal favourites - and will give the audience the opportunity to show their appreciation for Sir Sean Connery’s stellar career, his support of the EIFF and his upcoming birthday celebration in August.

Hannah McGill, Artistic Director of the EIFF said: “This event is a fitting way to celebrate Sir Sean's 80 years - almost twenty of which he has given to support EIFF as Patron. He is a great friend of the Festival and we look forward to celebrating this amid the glitter of the Festival Theatre. We are immensely grateful to Bank of Scotland for their support and are delighted to welcome them on board.”

As part of their support, Bank of Scotland will also be giving away 250 free tickets to their customers.

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