This weekend The Dunoon Film Festival kicks off it’s sixth programme of events, in the Dunoon Burgh Hall as well as The Studio Cinema, the Pier building, local schools and communities. This includes classics such as The Women, an 80s disco alongside Gregory’s Girl and documentary, Nae Pasaran.

Festival Director, Corinne Ortin, spoke with The Fountain about the programme for the sixth Dunoon Film Festival as well as some of her personal highlights.

TF: So the Dunoon Film Festival is still fairly youthful, six years in running, what inspired you to bring a film festival to Dunoon?

The idea came about along with the re-establishment of the Burgh Hall. The owners wanted to bring more arts and cultural events to the town and approached us about being involved. At the time I was managing Glasgow Film Festival and so had the expertise. We thought it might be a one-off event but it’s been brilliant to see it capturing the local audience’s attention and enthusiasm and it’s now thriving.

TF: And what is the type of programme you are bringing to the film festival in 2018?

Now that we have been running for a few years, we have got to know what people respond well to. The audience in general has a real appetite for comedy so we’ve been sure to include some great comedic films in the line-up. Scottish films also go down really well and we love to be able to support homegrown talent and will be bringing some of the directors along to present and talk about their work. We balance this out with a real range of European cinema (French, Spanish and Polish films are represented) as well as documentary and archive films. We want to encourage people to come out and see things they might not ordinarily be able to see in Dunoon. Our tickets are either free or low cost, so we try to make it easy for people to take a risk and push their boundaries!

TF: What can we look forward to with the 2018 programme? Can you mention some of the highlights?

If you fancy hitting the dancefloor, we’ve got an 80s disco alongside Gregory’s Girl on Saturday night, and on the Friday we’ve got a unique live score to a silent Italian drama. If you prefer a more thoughtful and spiritual time at the pictures, I think audiences will really love Lucky which is a character study of a 90 year old grump living in Arizona, or Summer 1993 a beautiful story of a young girl growing up in Catalunya. The French comedy C’est La Vie is sure to give people a laugh, and one of my favourites is the classic Hollywood film The Women starring a scene-stealing Joan Crawford, which has such a witty, outrageous script. Our Closing film, Nae Pasaran, is a real triumph – the story of East Kilbride factory workers standing up against the military coup in Chile. We’re happy to welcome the Director to Dunoon to give us more insight on the story.

TF: And what is it that makes Dunoon Film Festival stand out from the others, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the like?

We stand out because we are small but perfectly formed! Our atmosphere is open and welcoming. Having fewer venues and events spread out just over a few days means people have more of a chance to pack lots in and get caught up in the festival buzz. We love that our screenings are intimate, and we encourage people to interact with each other, talking about what they’ve seen and enjoyed. We are not trying to compete with bigger festivals like Edinburgh and Glasgow, instead we take a lot of inspiration from them. There is space for all of us and a lot to be gained from attending festivals of all sizes.

TF: What are some of your personal highlights? What is it about working for Dunoon Film Festival that makes your job exciting?

Oh wow there have been so many highlights working on the festival over the years! Our outdoor screening of Up was fantastic – so many families and kids came out, despite the cold temperatures – it was such a delight to behold! Some of the lovely guests we’ve welcomed to the festival have been so fun and generous including screenwriter Paul Laverty (Jimmy’s Hall) and actor James Cosmo (Game of Thrones). It’s also great to see people turn out in their droves for locally set films such as Black Angel, Edie and Moon Dogs. When you find a film that really resonates with the audience, and people come up afterwards to tell you how much they loved it, there’s really nothing like that feeling – it’s why we do it!

Photos courtesy of Ken Clark.

The Dunoon Film Festival runs from Friday 9th until Sunday 11th November 2018.