Edinburgh tourism set to soar with release of Burke and Hare film

By Christine Lavelle

Tourism experts are predicting a flood of visitors to Edinburgh later this month when the long-awaited Burke and Hare film is set to be released.

The city’s museums and guided tours are filled with everything movie fans need to know about the ‘real story’ behind the terrifying 19th century killers.

A spokesperson for Visit Scotland said the film will be the highlight of the city’s Halloween activities this year, which is traditionally the busiest period for the capital’s ghostly tour companies.

Stuart Nicoll, co-founder of West Port Tours, said most ghost and murder tour companies tend to refresh their content around Halloween, which keeps people coming back.

He said: “I would imagine the interest in our tour will increase once the film has come out as ours is so specific.

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World record breaker Mark Beaumont launches film festival

WORLD record breaking Scots cyclist Mark Beaumont swung from the walls of Edinburgh International Climbing Arena suspended on his bike to help launch this week’s Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival.

The EMFF runs from October 21-24 at the city’s George Square lecture theatre, with special events at EICA at Ratho including a talk from the Fife biking hero.

He broke the world record for cycling round the world in 2008 and this year cycled down the Americas from Alaska to Southern Argentina, a distance of more than 13,000 miles.  On route he climbed the highest peak in both continents.

Beaumont will recount details of his most recent accomplishment on the final evening of the film festival as part of a guest lecture titled, ‘Cycling the Americas’.

Burke and Hare real-life remains kept at Edinburgh museums

By Christine Lavelle

Burke and Hare, starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, is released in the UK on October 30.

Images come from Edinburgh University’s Anatomy Museum and the Surgeon’s Hall:

Mark Beaumont launches mountain film festival from climbing wall

By Clare Carswell

WORLD record breaking Scots cyclist Mark Beaumont swung from the walls of Edinburgh International Climbing Arena suspended on his bike yesterday to help launch next week’s Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival.

The EMFF runs from October 21-24 at the city’s George Square lecture theatre, with special events at EICA at Ratho including a talk from the Fife biking hero.

He broke the world record for cycling round the world in 2008 and this year cycled down the Americas from Alaska to Southern Argentina, a distance of more than 13,000 miles.

During this latest expedition he scaled the highest peak in both continents.

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Edinburgh Festival ready to go out with a bang

By Amanda MacMillan

THE Edinburgh International Festival is all set to go out with a bang as the annual fireworks display gets ready for take-off.

The spectacular event tomorrow night will see live music by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and fireworks by Pyrovision.

Over 100,000 fireworks, four tonnes of explosives, and hundreds of firing sequences, including the famous waterfall cascading from Edinburgh Castle, will be used during an unforgettable 45 minutes.

Last year the event attracted over 220,000 people viewing from vantage points across the capital and is the biggest annual event of its kind in Europe. Continue reading

Edinburgh film festival artistic director steps down

Hannah McGill has stepped aside as Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

By Cara Sulieman

THE ARTISTIC Director of the Edinburgh film festival is standing down after four years in the role.

It was announced today that Hannah McGill was moving on from her role with the internationally renowned festival.

She joined the festival in 2001 as a programme consultant before she took over as curator in 2006.

As she prepared to leave, the chair of the EIFF, Iain Smith, said that Ms McGill has been “a huge asset” and she had helped the festival grow.

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Gulf War tank just £12k on MOD’s very own eBay

By Michael MacLeod

A TANK which went up for public auction on the internet has sold for more than twice its estimated value.

The Soviet-designed T55 Battle Tank was captured from the Iraqi army by UK Armed Forces during the first Gulf War.

The four-tonne military machine was valued at just £5,000 when it first went under the hammer last week.

Now, after a frantic flurry of bidding, an unnamed war memorabilia collector has snapped up the huge vehicle for £12,500.

The seller, Paul Southerington, has been the MOD’s only authorised vehicle and equipment dealer for eight years.
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Bollywood movie production lands at RAF Leuchars in Fife

By Martin Graham

BOLLYWOOD landed in Fife this week as the cast and crew of the Indian movie ‘Mausam’ descended on RAF Leuchars near St Andrews for two days of filming.

After filming across Edinburgh’s New Town, Portobello Cemetery, New College and the former Crolla’s store in Newhaven, the entire operation shifted over the Forth to Fife to film key scenes at the RAF airbase.

Tornado F3 jets like those used for the film. MoD/Crown copyright

The film tells the story of a young Indian man who leaves behind his life and girlfriend in Scotland to join the Indian airforce and fight a war with Pakistan.

The crew spent two days at the Leuchars airbase, and contrary to reports on some Bollywood gossip websites, main star Shahid Kapoor, 29, did not fly a Tornado jet.

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Tilda Swinton says Oscar funded arts project

By Zoë Keown

SCOTTISH actress Tilda Swindon has admitted that her Hollywood bonus for winning an Oscar saved her festival venue.

Swinton, 49, who won an Academy for her part in the film Michael Clayton, said that she had not been able to afford the rent of the bingo hall for her Cinema of Dreams project when she took on the lease.

But her win at the 2007 Oscars came just in time to pay the £20,000 a year bill.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY: Bond’s babies

FROM EDINBURGH WITH LOVE: Sir Sean Connery took time out of his whirlwind schedule to pose for photos with babies Oliver Curnow and Robert Hutchinson. They were born in the same Fountainbridge neighbourhood as the 007 hero, who was happy to meet their mums Miriam Leighton and Fiona Hutchinson.

Picture by Katielee Arrowsmith

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