EIFF expands line up

Nick Cave, Nick Hornby and Cannes documentary added

by Amber Wilkinson

Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced three additions to the programme, with tickets on sale immediately.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter and novelist Nick Hornby will be the subject of an In-Person onstage interview on Thursday, June 17. Hornby has written several books that have inspired film adaptations - Fever Pitch, High Fidelity and About A Boy and he recently adapted Lynn Barber’s memoir into the BAFTA-nominated screenplay for An Education. Nick will be discussing his craft and projects past, present and future.

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, June 18. Recently screened by Hillary Clinton to top White House staff, the film is produced by Laurence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth).

EIFF has also announced that 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. He will be reading from the newly published paperback of his bestselling novel The Death Of Bunny Munro, a brilliant, 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 and 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."

Tickets are available to buy from Box Office, online and by phone. Irregular tickets are only available to purchase directly from the venue at www.roxyarthouse.org or in person.
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